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Nationalism and Social PolicyThe Politics of Territorial Solidarity$
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Daniel Béland and André Lecours

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199546848

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546848.001.0001

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Understanding the Nationalism—Social Policy Nexus

Understanding the Nationalism—Social Policy Nexus

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(p.12) 1 Understanding the Nationalism—Social Policy Nexus
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Nationalism and Social Policy
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Daniel Béland (Contributor Webpage)

André Lecours (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546848.003.0002

Chapter 1 considers the connection between nationalism and social policy in analytical terms. The first section discusses nationalism and social policy by making conceptual distinctions and presenting working definitions of key concepts used through the book. The second section formulates six theoretical claims about the relationship between sub-state nationalism and social policy. The third section provides analytical considerations for our empirical chapters as it stresses the role of several factors in conditioning the meshing of nationalism and social policy: political ideology, especially the left–right dichotomy; evolving territorial patterns of economic inequality; and the structuring role of political institutions. The fourth section offers a few remarks about the place of globalization in our comparative analysis. The chapter concludes with a brief outline of the methodological approach guiding our comparative analysis.

Keywords:   comparative methods, globalization, ideology, institutions, nationalism, social policy, socio-economic conditions

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