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Nationalism and civil society in Romania

Haddock, Bruce Anthony and Caraiani, Ovidiu 1999. Nationalism and civil society in Romania. Political Studies 47 (2) , pp. 258-274. 10.1111/1467-9248.00199

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We explore the theoretical underpinnings of a political debate initiated in 1989 by the Grupul pentru Dialog Social about identity, legitimacy and civil society in Romania. Commentators have often focused on the resurgence of nationalism as a response to the politics of transition. We concentrate, instead, on the normative engagement which distinguishes practical argument in general. We offer a theoretical bridge which sets the sharply differentiated positions of protagonists contributing to the Romanian debate in a broader theoretical perspective. Our central claim is that attempts to defend a revised version of ‘civic nationalism’ fail to resolve tensions between individualist and collectivist notions. By focusing on what is ‘civic’ about civic nationalism, the terms of reference of the debate are significantly shifted.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DJ Netherlands (Holland) > DJK Eastern Europe
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0032-3217
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:52

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