2018 N&N Debate: Nation Building – Andreas Wimmer

Date(s) - 07/11/2018

Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

The annual Nations and Nationalism Debate takes up recent major works in nationalism studies and considers their contribution to the field through a critical discussion between author and commentators.

This years Nations and Nationalism debate examines Nation Building: Why Some Countries Come Together While Others Fall Apart by Andreas Wimmer. The book presents bold new answers to an age-old question: Why is national integration achieved in some diverse countries, while others are destabilised by political inequality between ethnic groups, contentious politics, or even separatism and ethnic war? Using data-sets that cover the entire world, Wimmer’s theory of nation building focuses on slow-moving, generational processes: the spread of civil society organisations, linguistic assimilation, and the states’ capacity to provide public goods. Wimmer then reveals that these mechanisms are at work around the world and explain nation building better than competing arguments such as democratic governance or colonial legacies.

Participants in the discussion include:

Andreas Wimmer – Columbia University

Elliott Green – LSE

Vera Tolz – University of Manchester

Eleanor Knott – LSE

The debate will take place on Wednesday 7 November, 6pm – 7pm, in the Wolfson Theatre, LSE. A map featuring the location of the venue can be found here No pre-registration is required. For further information, please contact nations@lse.ac.uk or asen@asen.ac.uk.