Why is nationalism so widespread? How does the phenomenon arise? How can its negative consequences be controlled? This collection of essays by economists, sociologists, and political scientists from North America and Europe tries to answer these questions at the forefront of political discussion. The work differs from others in that the authors' responses are not based on avowed ideological perspectives, but are rather drawn from rational-choice analysis, the foundation of social science. Although each of the contributors to Nationalism and Rationality takes a distinctive point of view, the collection as a whole focuses on three subjects - the origins of nationalism, whether and why it promotes good or evil, and how to deal with its occasional destructive consequences. Readers will find provocative insights into nationalism through the contributors' diverse diagnoses and prescriptions.
• Topical subject of nationalism explored from multidisciplinary perspectives (economics, sociology, political science) • Offers both case studies and theoretical perspectives • Includes well-known authors such as James Coleman, Russell Hardin
List of contributors and discussants; Introduction; 1. Rights, rationality, and nationality James S. Coleman; 2. Self interest, group identity Russell Hardin; 3. Some economics of ethnic capital formation and conflict Ronald Wintrobe; 4. Ethnic clubs, ethnic conflict and the rise of ethnic nationalism Roger D. Congleton; 5. The re-emergence of secessionism: lessons from Quebec Stéphane Dion; 6. Nationalism revisited Albert Breton and Margot Breton; 7. Notes on the political economy of nationalism Ronald Findlay; 8. Conservative nationalism and democratic institutions Jean-Dominique Lafay; 9. Can economics explain nationalism? Ugo Pagano; 10. The economics of socialist nationalism: evidence and theory Mario Ferrero; 11. Regulating nations and ethnic communities Brendan O'Leary and John McGarry; 12. Nations competing against themselves: an interpretation of European integration Pierre Salmon; Index.