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By Siobhan Harty, Michael Murphy

There was a lot debate over the past decade in regards to the decline of the countryside and its implications for a sequence of norms and relationships that govern our figuring out of household and foreign society. The booklet starts with the idea that it's necessary to conceive of recent varieties of citizenship that problem the iron hyperlink among kingdom, country, territory and sovereignty, and that are consequently in a position to assembly the demanding situations awarded through household range and transnational integration. The argument is for a sort of firm citizenship that gives equivalent reputation to the citizenship regimes of nation and substate international locations via a democratic argument for self-determination on the substate point and a revised notion of country sovereignty that's divided and shared.

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The Draft Treaty addressed the issue of the civil and political equality of minority nations by granting them control over their own education and religious institutions and instituting a form of proportional representation in governing institutions. The work of these two organizations was largely the inspiration for the creation of the Committee on New States and the Protection of Minorities within the League of Nations. The Committee was charged with ‘imprinting the new liberal idealism of the inter-war period on the political form of national minority rights’ (Preece, 1998: 70).

But while some states in Western Europe, such as the Netherlands, were devising innovative forms of representation to deal with religious plurality (Lijphart, 1968), similar innovations were not considered for the diversity of nationalities in the states of East–Central Europe. In part this was because liberals were set on notions of equality and 38 CITIZENSHIP IN MULTINATION STATES individualism in the sphere of political representation. The ‘politics of accommodation’ developed in the Netherlands was not liberal.

The challenge facing statesmen at the Peace Conference was to devise a means of curbing the ‘natural’ inclination of all national groups towards self-determination in order to preserve political stability on the continent. A political assumption accompanied the view that there was something natural about self-determination: ethnic minorities would pursue irredentist nationalism if they were mistreated and discriminated against by the majority population of the state. The recipe for inter-state peace that was devised required some conceptual slippage to make it a reality.

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