The Acid Test? Competing Theses on the Nationality-Democracy Nexus and the Case of Switzerland

Dardanelli, Paolo and Stojanović, Nenad (2011) The Acid Test? Competing Theses on the Nationality-Democracy Nexus and the Case of Switzerland. Nations and Nationalism, 17 (2). pp. 357-376. ISSN 1354-5078. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

The article deals with the connection between nationality and democracy and explores the role Switzerland plays in the scholarly debate on this question. It identifies three main theses – the liberal-nationalist, the liberal-multinationalist and the liberal-postnationalist one – and shows that each of them uses the Swiss case to claim empirical support. It then analyses the connections between nationality and democracy in Switzerland and demonstrates that the country is neither multinational nor postnational but is best characterised as a mononational state. These findings expose the fallacy of using Switzerland to claim support for either the multinational or the postnational thesis and call for a re-consideration of them. Additionally, they show that ‘civic nationalism’ and ‘civic republicanism’ can be conflated and that a predominantly civic nation is viable and sustainable and is not necessarily an ethnic nation in disguise. The Swiss case thus provides qualified empirical support for the liberal-nationalist thesis.

Item Type: Article
Projects: [130] Federalism, Nationality and Democracy in Switzerland
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations > Centre for Federal Studies
Depositing User: Paolo Dardanelli
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2010 14:38
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2011 11:57
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/24249 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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