Visions of Sovereignty
Nationalism and Accommodation in Multinational Democracies
National and Ethnic Conflict in the 21st Century
Published by: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
344 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 x 0.00 mm, 7 illus.
- ISBN: 9780812246001
- Published: October 2014
In the contemporary world, there are many democratic states whose minority nations have pushed for constitutional reform, greater autonomy, and asymmetric federalism. Substate national movements within countries such as Spain, Canada, Belgium, and the United Kingdom are heterogeneous: some nationalists advocate independence, others seek an autonomous special status within the state, and yet others often seek greater self-government as a constituent unit of a federation or federal system. What motivates substate nationalists to prioritize one constitutional vision over another is one of the great puzzles of ethnonational constitutional politics. In Visions of Sovereignty, Jaime Lluch examines why some nationalists adopt a secessionist stance while others within the same national movement choose a nonsecessionist constitutional orientation.
Based on extensive fieldwork in Canada and Spain, Visions of Sovereignty provides an in-depth examination of the Québécois and Catalan national movements between 1976 and 2010. It also elaborates a novel theoretical perspective: the "moral polity" thesis. Lluch argues persuasively that disengagement between the central state and substate nationalists can lead to the adoption of more prosovereignty constitutional orientations. Because many substate nationalists perceive that the central state is not capable of accommodating or sustaining a plural constitutional vision, their radicalization is animated by a moral sense of nonreciprocity.
Mapping the complex range of political orientations within substate national movements, Visions of Sovereignty illuminates the political and constitutional dynamics of accommodating national diversity in multinational democracies. This elegantly written and meticulously researched study is essential for those interested in the future of multinational and multiethnic states.
THE PARADOX OF THE INTERNAL DIFFERENTIATION IN NATIONAL MOVEMENTS
Introduction. Secessionism and Non-Secessionism in Substate National Movements
Chapter 1. Accounting for the Internal Variation in Substate National Movements
THE ORIGINS, DEVELOPMENT, AND EVOLUTION OF NATIONAL MOVEMENTS
Chapter 2. Evolution Within the Catalan National Movement Between 1976 and 2010: The Rise of Independentist Nationalism
Chapter 3. Evolution Within the Québécois National Movement Between 1976 and 2010: The Rise of Autonomist Nationalism
SHADES OF NATIONHOOD: NATIONAL CONSCIOUSNESS AND SUBSTATE NATIONAL MOVEMENTS
Chapter 4. Shades of Nationhood and the National Consciousness of Substate Nationalists
Chapter 5. Elites, Militants, and Ideology: National Parties and National Consciousness
VISIONS OF SOVEREIGNTY: VARIETIES OF SUBSTATE NATIONALIST IDEOLOGIES
Chapter 6. Sovereignty and Procedure: The Ideology of Independentist Substate Nationalism
Chapter 7. Fragments of Sovereignty: The Ideology of Autonomist Substate Nationalism
Chapter 8. Shared Sovereignty: The Ideology of Federalist Substate Nationalism
MULTINATIONAL DEMOCRACIES AND THE MORAL POLITY OF THE SUBSTATE NATIONALIST
Chapter 9. The Discourse and Attitudes of Substate Nationalists
Chapter 10. The Moral Polity of the Stateless Nationalist
Chapter 11. Conclusion: Substate Nationalism and Its Accommodation in Multinational Democracies
Appendix. Field Research Methodology
"Lluch's comprehensive grasp of both theory and history is what distinguishes this powerful study of nationalist movements within multinational states from any competitors. The theoretical reach, the attention to political evolution, and the knowledge of dozens of cases that illuminate his major findings from Catalonia and Québec, are unlikely to be surpassed anytime soon."—James C. Scott, Yale University
"This book is a sophisticated treatment of the moral economy of contemporary substate nationalism in the developed West. Drawing in particular on a wide range of elite and base-level militant interviews, this book emphasizes the diversity of political orientations in these societies and develops an original interpretation of the sources and political consequences of variations in orientations."—Hudson Meadwell, McGill University
"Visions of Sovereignty makes a very original theoretical contribution to our understanding of the concept of sovereignty. The book should be of great interest to comparativists, political theorists, and constitutional law scholars interested in the accommodation of national diversity in multinational democracies."—Alain Gagnon, Université du Québec à Montréal
"This extremely interesting book employs some excellent original material and argumentation. Because it focuses on a range of parties grappling with the constitutional issue, Visions of Sovereignty really adds to the literature on parties and the general phenomenon of constitutional politics and secession."—Peter Lynch, University of Stirling
"The empirical work in Visions of Sovereignty is ambitious and innovative, giving valuable insight into the factors that lead nationalists to opt for different constitutional goals."—Anwen Elias, Aberystwyth University
- Awarded the 2012 IV Vilaseca i Marcet international book prize by the Institut d'Estudis Autonomics, Generalitat de Catalunya, Barcelona
- Honorable mention for the 2016 American Political Science Association Charles Taylor Book Award
- Awarded Honorable mention for the 2016 American Political Science Association Charles Taylor Book Award