The marriage of state and nation in European constitutions

TitleThe marriage of state and nation in European constitutions
Publication TypeJournal Article
AuthorsSitter, N., and B. Kissane
Journal titleNations & Nationalism
Pages49 - 67

This article maps out the role played by national identity in modern European constitutions. It does this by comparing its impact on constitutions across Gellner's time zones of European nationalism, and shows how the impact of nationalism has increased gradually over time, and is now strongest in Central and Eastern Europe. It concludes with a reflection on why this has been the case, and why constitutional politics have increasingly lent themselves to nationalist influences in the modern era. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]


Accession Number: 47124320; KISSANE, BILL 1 SITTER, NICK 2,3; Affiliation: 1: Department of Government, the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK 2: Department of Public Governance, the Norwegian School of Management BI, Oslo, Norway 3: Department of Public Policy, the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary; Source Info: Jan2010, Vol. 16 Issue 1, p49; Subject Term: CONSTITUTIONS; Subject Term: NATIONAL characteristics; Subject Term: NATIONALISM; Subject Term: POLITICAL science; Subject Term: EUROPE -- Politics & government; Subject Term: EUROPE; Author-Supplied Keyword: constitutionalism; Author-Supplied Keyword: European constitutions; Author-Supplied Keyword: Gellner; Author-Supplied Keyword: nationalism; Author-Supplied Keyword: time zones; Number of Pages: 19p; Document Type: Article; Copyright of Nations & Nationalism is the property of Blackwell Publishing Limited and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)