Does Liberal Democracy Presuppose a Cultural Nation? Four Arguments

  title={Does Liberal Democracy Presuppose a Cultural Nation? Four Arguments},
  author={Arash Abizadeh},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={495 - 509}
  • A. Abizadeh
  • Published 1 September 2002
  • Sociology
  • American Political Science Review
This paper subjects to critical analysis four common arguments in the sociopolitical theory literature supporting the cultural nationalist thesis that liberal democracy is viable only against the background of a single national public culture: the arguments that (1) social integration in a liberal democracy requires shared norms and beliefs (Schnapper); (2) the levels of trust that democratic politics requires can be attained only among conationals (Miller); (3) democratic deliberation requires… 

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