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Democratizing the Hegemonic State: Political Transformation in the Age of Identity (Paperback)
  • Democratizing the Hegemonic State: Political Transformation in the Age of Identity (Paperback)
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Democratizing the Hegemonic State: Political Transformation in the Age of Identity (Paperback)

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Paperback 250 Pages / Published: 23/07/2007
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This book provides a new, comprehensive analytical framework for the examination of majority-minority relations in deeply divided societies. Hegemonic states in which one ethnic group completely dominates all others will continue to face enormous pressures to transform because they are out of step with the new, emerging, global governing code that emphasizes democracy and equal rights. Refusal to change would lead such states to lose international legitimacy and face increasing civil strife, instability, and violence. Through systematic theoretical analysis and careful empirical study of 14 key cases, Peleg examines the options open to polities with diverse populations. Challenging the conventional wisdom of many liberal democrats, Peleg maintains that the preferred solution for a traditional hegemonic polity is not merely to grant equal rights to individuals, but also to incorporate significant group rights via mega-constitutional transformation.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521707329
Number of pages: 250
Weight: 360 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 14 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'This book contributes to our current understanding of democratisation in the context of ethnic politics. ... [it] is a book well worth reading and should be required of any student of ethnic politics and ethnic conflict.' John Ishiyama, Journal of Politics
'Peleg suggests some ways forward; his book is the product of exceptionally wide reading in support of careful analytical thinking, and it deserves attention.' Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics

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