Globalisation and the decline of national identity? An exploration across sixty-three countries

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The relationship between globalisation and national identity is puzzlingWhile some observers have found that globalisation reduces people's identification with their nation, others have reached the opposite conclusionThis article explores this conundrum by examining the relationship between globalisation and people's feelings towards national identityUsing data from the International Social Survey Program National Identity II () and the World Values Survey (), it analyses these relations across sixty-three countriesEmploying a multilevel approach, it investigates how a country's level of globalisation is related to its public perceptions towards different dimensions of national identityThe results suggest that a country's level of globalisation is not related to national identification or nationalism but it is related negatively to patriotism, the willingness to fight for the country and ethnic conceptions of membership in the nationAn examination of alternative explanations indicates that globalisation has a distinct impact on national identity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)461-482
Number of pages22
JournalNations and Nationalism
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Cross-national analysis
  • Globalisation
  • Multi-level analysis
  • National identity
  • Nationalism
  • Patriotism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Political Science and International Relations


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