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Containing Nationalism$
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Michael Hechter

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199247516

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019924751X.001.0001

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The Demand for Sovereignty and the Emergence of Nationalism

The Demand for Sovereignty and the Emergence of Nationalism

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(p.113) Chapter 7 The Demand for Sovereignty and the Emergence of Nationalism
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Containing Nationalism
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DOI:10.1093/019924751X.003.0007

The members of any nation would prefer to be sovereign rather than to be ruled by non‐nationals because this maximizes the chance that the government will provide them with an optimal mix of public goods. This general preference is affected by the net benefit of continued affiliation with the central authority. To the degree that the centre provides minority nationals with protection, and economic and social welfare, the demand for sovereignty will be attenuated. Hence, nationalist secession is most likely to occur in multinational states whose centres are subject to military and economic setbacks. However, the demand for sovereignty also depends on the nation's capacity to engage in collective action, which is affected by state institutions.

Keywords:   consumption, free‐rider problem, institutional constraints, minority nations, production, public goods, self‐determination, voluntary associations

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