State nationalism and territorial accommodation in Spain and India

Daniel Cetra, Wilfried Swenden

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This article analyses the significance of polity-wide parties’ understanding of state and nation for their ability and willingness to accommodate territorial diversity. To illustrate this point, we first introduce a typology containing four‘ideal-types’ of state nationalism: dominant, integrationist, composite, and plurinational. Subsequently, we apply this typology to two plural and multilevel polities, Spain and India, during two critical junctures: their founding constitutional moments and more recent episodes of change associated with‘the Catalan question’ in Spain and the rise of the BJP in India, respectively. Our analysis underscores how varieties of state nationalism inform the nature and evolution of the territorial constitution, in form and in practice, and the extent to which such shifts are linked to party competition and changes in the party system.
Original languageEnglish
JournalRegional & Federal Studies
Early online date20 Oct 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Oct 2020

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • state nationalism
  • sub-state nationalism
  • party ideology
  • party competition
  • Spain
  • India


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