Rightsizing the State: The Politics of Moving Borders


'This is an excellent book and seems set to become a foundational work... both theoretically strong and directly politically relevant... The book displays the kind of coherence and clear sense of purpose which is lacking in many edited books... All of the contributors bring a wealth of empirical data and a fine-grained understanding of the specifics of place to the book... This is an amazingly rich book, both theoretically and empirically.' -The Global Review of Ethnopolitics'This book with its two frameworks in an attempted synthesis, one by O'Leary focused on ethno-nationalism and the other by Lustick not especially dealing with nationalism, must be evaluated as a new creative set of propositions of much value in the quest for solutions for states with inflamed borders. The case studies are, in particular, rich in offering insights and can be fruitfully applied to ethno-national struggles.' -Nations and NationalismA leading group of scholars examine the circumstances under which central states might change their shape in responding to ethnic upheavals and regionalist demands. A systematic approach is applied to a country-by-country approach examining in turn most of the key areas of state boundary disputes in the contemporary world.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Brendan O'Leary
  • Ian S. Lustick
  • Thomas M. Callaghy
  • Gurharpal Singh
  • Vali Nasr
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Oxford
Publication year:
  • 2001


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