The “classic” debate in contemporary comparative politics is over what matters more in shaping political behavior: culture or institutions. The clear answer is that both are important, it’s just that their relative import depends to a large degree on contextual, temporal factors. Iavor Rangelov seeks to straddle—or bridge?—the two theoretical orientations, demonstrating the iterative lives between institutions and society. Rangelov addresses the eternal (or, at least, for the past couple of decades) question: do institutions really matter in emerging democracies? Or, do other intrinsic factors determine democracy’s course? Privileging the rule of law, Rangelov, through three cases from the Balkans, pairs nationalism and institutions, and their impact on liberal governance. Rangelov’s unique combination and engaging cases combine to make Nationalism and the Rule of Law a solid contribution to the field.
Derdzinski, Joseph L.
"Nationalism and the Rule of Law: Lessons from the Balkans and Beyond,"
International Dialogue: Vol. 5, Article 22.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/id-journal/vol5/iss1/22