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Self-Determination in the Early Twenty First Century: A Double Edged Concept

Self-Determination in the Early Twenty First Century: A Double Edged Concept (Hardback)

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In a world in which change is constant, the principle of self-determination is important. Through (collective) acts of self-determination, nations exercise the right to govern themselves. At present the nation-state system with which we are familiar faces several challenges. In Western Europe, sub-state nationalism is on the rise. In the Middle East and North Africa, the state system bequeathed by former colonial powers faces increasing threats from pan-Islamist movements. Overall, the established order faces unprecedented uncertainties. The scholars who have contributed to this volume assess the merits, limitations and trajectories of self-determination in the twenty-first century, pointing to the paradoxes and anomalies that are encompassed by what at first sight is a simple and seductive concept. From the perspective of the twenty-first century and informed by a wealth of experience each of the contributors to this volume offers some valuable and intriguing observations on the future of self-determination and the movements its call engenders. This book was published as a special issue of Ethnopolitics.

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical ideologiesNationalismHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical structure & processesPolitical leaders & leadershipHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical structure & processesPolitical structures: democracy Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd Publication Date: 28/01/2016 ISBN-13: 9781138186637  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Karl Cordell is Professor of Politics at Plymouth University UK. He has numerous publications in the fields of German politics, German-Polish relations and the politics of nationalism and ethnicity. He is also co-editor of the journals Civil Wars and Ethnopolitics. Uriel Abulof is an assistant professor of Politics at Tel-Aviv University and a senior research fellow at Princeton University's LISD / Woodrow Wilson School. He studies political legitimation and violence, focusing on nationalism, democratization, revolutions and ethnic conflicts. Abulof's first book Living on the Edge: The Existential Uncertainty of Zionism (Haifa University Press) received Israel's best academic book award, and he recently completed his second book, The Mortality and Morality of Nations (Cambridge University Press).

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