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Political Loyalty and the Nation-State

Political Loyalty and the Nation-State by Andrew Linklater
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Political Loyalty and the Nation-State examines the gradual weakening of the state's ability to order the political allegiances of its subjects. At the focal centre of the book lies the question of the extent to which it is possible to invest political principles, such as the rules and procedures of democracy, with a sentiment of loyalty and whether political loyalty can become merely a matter of choice and personal responsibility. The authors consider theoretical issues, problems of loyalty arising from population movement and case studies of conflicts of loyalty from Italy, Northern Ireland, and Russia. It is shown that loyalty can become decoupled from state, territory and nation; that loyalties can be multiple; and that today's loyalties reflect advanced attitudes towards difference.
Taylor and Francis; June 2004
256 pages; ISBN 9781134201426
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Title: Political Loyalty and the Nation-State
Author: Andrew Linklater; Michael Waller
 
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