Nationalism and Social Policy: The Politics of Territorial by Daniel Beland, Andre Lecours

By Daniel Beland, Andre Lecours

Regardless of the hot proliferation of literature on nationalism and on social coverage, really little has been written to investigate the potential interplay among the 2. students drawn to social citizenship have in a roundabout way handled the interplay among nationwide id and social courses akin to the British NHS, yet they've got seldom tested this connection in connection with nationalism. experts of nationalism hardly ever point out social coverage, focusing as an alternative on language, tradition, ethnicity, and faith. the most target of Nationalism and Social coverage is to discover the character of the relationship among nationalism and social coverage from a comparative and ancient standpoint. on the theoretical point, this research will shed new mild on a extra common factor: the relationships among identification formation, territorial politics, and social coverage. even if this booklet refers back to the adventure of many alternative nations, the most circumstances are 3 multinational states, that's, states that includes robust nationalist activities: Canada (Quebec), the uk (Scotland), and Belgium (Flanders). Nationalism and Social coverage appears on the interaction among nationalism and social coverage at either the country and sub-state degrees via a close comparability among those 3 situations. In its concluding bankruptcy, the booklet brings in situations of mono-national states (i.e. France, Germany, Sweden, and the USA) to supply broader comparative perception at the meshing of nationalism and social coverage. the unique theoretical framework for this learn is equipped utilizing perception from chosen scholarship on nationalism and at the welfare country.

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The politics of sub-state nationalism is also very likely to deal with social policy, especially because federations typically decentralize part of their social policy system in a more comprehensive way than most unitary states. 27 From this perspective, it is somewhat misleading to speak of one welfare state, at least in the sense of a coherent, individualized unit, as there are at least two prominent, and frequently competing, territorial levels of social policy intervention. In a situation of multinationalism where the group making claims for the existence of a distinct nation controls regional institutions empowered to develop specific social programmes, a decentralized social policy system is likely to become a key force in the overall political and territorial struggle.

This particular configuration of structural economic differentiation and ideological divergence underpins Flemish nationalism’s claims for the decentralization of social provisions. Institutional factors The strategic importance of social policy for sub-state nationalism is also strongly conditioned by formal political institutions. At its most basic level, the greater the political autonomy of a region where there is a nationalist movement and the longer it has held this autonomy, the more likely it is that social policy will act as a significant force in identity and cohesion building.

It may also involve a loss in the symbolic value of social policy as a reflection of qualities associated with the nation. Of course, this is not overly problematic in nationstates where retrenchment is much more likely to trigger class, rather than nationalist, conflicts. The identity and territorial consequences of social policy retrenchment and restructuring are more far-reaching in multinational states where there are, at least for some citizens, alternative forms of national identification available.

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