Editors: Peter Flora, Stein Kuhnle,d Derek Urwin  
  State Formation, Nation-Building, and Mass Politics in Europe    
  The Theory of Stein Rokkan   vergrößerte Ansicht in neuem Fenster  
  [Based on his Collected Works]  
  422 S., Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1999  

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About the author



Stein Rokkan was one of the leading social scientists of the post-war era. He was a prolific writer, yet nowhere is his contribution to social science—the macro-model of the political development of Europe—presented in an integrated and systematic way. Stein Rokkan had plans to do this but he died before the work could be started. The current tensions between integration and national reassertion in Europe have given Rokkan’s basic approach fresh importance. To demonstrate its relevance, this book has been produced, based solely on his numerous writings which have been carefully selected, edited, and rearranged to present his theory as a coherent whole. A comprehensive interpretive essay by Peter Flora serves to introduce Rokkan’s text, emphasising its consistency and its relevance to future research.



Introduction and Interpretation — Peter Flora


A State Formation and Nation-Building


I Basic Concepts, Models, Maps


1. Differentiation and Boundary-Building


2. Centres and Peripheries


3. The Basic Model


4. A Model and Conceptual Map of Europe


II The Territorial Structuring of Europe


1. Conditions of State Formation and Nation-Building


2. Nation-Building and Language


3. The Survival of Peripheral Identity


4. Federal Versus Unitary Structure


B Mass Politics


III The Democratisation of Europe


1. Exit and Voice


2. The Four Thresholds of Democratisation


3. Numerical Democracy and Corporate Pluralism


IV Cleavage Structures and Party Systems


1. Cleavages and Their Political Translation


2. Critical Junctures, Alliances, and Oppositions


3. Party Systems and the Model of Europe









About the author:

Stein Rokkan was Professor of Sociology at the University of Bergen and a founder of the European Consortium for Political Research.

About the editors:

Peter Flora is Professor of Sociology at the University of Mannheim.
Stein Kuhnle is Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen.
Derek Urwin is Professor of Politics and International Relations at the University of Aberdeen.

About the series:

Comparative European Politics is a series for students and teachers of political science and related disciplines, published in association with the European Consortium for Political Research. Each volume will provide an up-to-date survey of the current state of knowledge and research on an issue of major significance in European government and politics. The General Editors are Max Kaase, Professor of Political Science, University of Mannheim and Research Professor, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, and Kenneth Newton, Professor of Government at Essex University.