The Rise of “State-Nations”

Issue Date July 2010
Volume 21
Issue 3
Page Numbers 50-68
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One of the most urgent conceptual, normative, and political tasks of our day is to think anew about how polities that aspire to be democracies can accommodate great sociocultural and even multinational diversity within one state. Must every state be a nation and every nation a state? Or should we look instead to the example of countries such as India, where one state holds together a congeries of “national” groups and cultures in a single and wisely conceived federal republic?

About the Authors

Alfred Stepan

Alfred Stepan is the founding director of Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration, and Religion (CDTR), and author (with Juan J. Linz) of Problems of Democratic Transition and Consolidation: Southern Europe, South America, and Post-Communist Europe.

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Juan J. Linz

Juan J. Linz (1926–2013) was Sterling Professor Emeritus of Political and Social Science at Yale University.

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Yogendra Yadav

Yogendra Yadav is senior fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in Delhi.

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