Is Nationalism a Distinct Ideology?
Article first published online: 21 FEB 2002
Political Studies Association 1998
Volume 46, Issue 4, pages 748–765, September 1998
How to Cite
Freeden, M. (1998), Is Nationalism a Distinct Ideology?. Political Studies, 46: 748–765. doi: 10.1111/1467-9248.00165
- Issue published online: 21 FEB 2002
- Article first published online: 21 FEB 2002
Whether or not nationalism is an ideology is a question that can be illuminated by a study of its conceptual structure. Core and adjacent concepts of nationalism are examined within the context of liberal, conservative and fascist ideologies, contexts that respectively encourage particular ideational paths within nationalist argument, while discouraging others. Employing a morphological analysis of ideological configurations, it is argued that various nationalisms may appear as distinct thin-centred ideologies, but are more readily understood as embellishments of, and sustainers of, the features of their host ideologies.