Useful and important.
For its conceptual innovation, erudition, and real-world applicability, this book deserves to be widely read... The authors tell us that the goal of their analysis is "to expand our collective political imaginations" (p. xiv) about how to combine democracy and ethnic diversity. They have brilliantly succeeded in meeting that goal.
(Ashutosh Varshney Journal of Democracy
This book offers a compelling account of "state-nation" -ism as a political model.
(Louise Tillin Publius
Remarkably erudite and conceptually innovative, Crafting State-Nations will reconfigure the debate on nations and nationalism, and on the relationship between national diversity and political institutions. The authors have brilliantly succeeded in expanding our political imaginations.
(Ashutosh Varshney, Brown University)
The book makes a very timely and important intervention to understanding nationalism and democracy in the study of comparative politics.
(Rohit K. Dasgupta Asian Affairs
As they intended, Stepan, Linz, and Yadav have imagined alternative democratic formations for managing deeply pluralistic societies. Their models of state-nations, and of federacies, expand the realm of what might be considered politically possible in democracies. For this reason, their work will be of interest to scholars interested in pluralistic societies and concerned about democracy in all parts of the world.
(Daniel Jasper International Journal on World Peace
About the Author
Alfred Stepan is the Wallace Sayre Professor of Government at Columbia University. His books include Democracies in Danger, Problems of Democratic Transition and Consolidation, and The Breakdown of Democratic Regimes, all also published by Johns Hopkins, the last two with Juan J. Linz. Juan J. Linz is Sterling Professor Emeritus of Political and Social Science at Yale University. In addition to the works coauthored and coedited with Professor Stepan, Professor Linz has published works on democracy, democratization, and comparative politics, including Sultanistic Regimes, also published by Johns Hopkins. Yogendra Yadav is the codirector of Lokniti and a Senior Fellow with the Center for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi, India. He has written articles for Hindi- and English-language newspapers and magazines, is a member of the editorial collective of the monthly Hindi-language magazine Samayik Varta, and is the general editor of Lokchintan Granthamala, a four-volume series on social science published in Hindi.