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Nationalist Violence in Postwar Europe

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1. Introduction; 2. The argument; 3. An empirical approach to nationalist violence in postwar Western Europe; 4. The Basque country vs Catalonia: prior mobilization and differences in responsiveness; 5. Northern Ireland vs Wales: the power of institutions; 6. Corsica vs Sardinia: prior autonomy and differences in responsiveness; 7. Conclusions, limitations, and extensions.

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Luis de la Calle is Professor of Political Science at the Centro de Investigaci n y Docencia Econ micas (CIDE, Mexico City). Formerly a Research Fellow at the Juan March Institute of Madrid, he earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the European University Institute of Florence. His work focuses on the dynamics of armed groups, with a special focus on terrorism. He has conducted extensive field research in Northern Ireland, the Basque Country, Corsica, Peru, and Mexico. His work has been published in journals such as the Annual Review of Political Science, the European Journal of Political Research, International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Journal of Peace Research and Politics and Society.


'What a timely book! As we watch terrorism unfold throughout the world, De la Calle offers an explanation grounded in the intersection between nationalism and violence. His nuanced account draws on data and history from Western Europe and Canada, but his arguments and findings illuminate countries and contexts well beyond his cases. His is a masterful piece of social science.' Margaret Levi, Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, California 'De la Calle has taken a new step in the study of domestic political violence. His book is analytically rigorous, strongly comparative, and rich in history. It is highly original in its argument about the interaction between central and regional elites as the main determinant of the emergence of nationalist terrorism in developed countries.' Ignacio Sanchez-Cuenca, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid 'When will prosperous democracies face the challenge of violent nationalist unrest? When central elites have the luxury of ignoring regional demands and regional elites can't improve their position through normal democratic politics, argues Luis de la Calle. The combination of theoretical clarity and empirical precision makes Nationalist Violence in Postwar Europe a key contribution to the study of conflict and nationalism.' Stathis N. Kalyvas, Yale University, Connecticut

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