Magdalena Dembinska

Magdalena Dembinska
Université de Montréal | UdeM · Department of Political Science

PhD Professor

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Publications (41)
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This article compares the nation-building processes in four well-established Eurasian de facto states. Although all four pursue a set of identity politics that would legitimize the separatist cause, comparing them reveals important differences in boundary-making strategies. While maintaining the image of the enemy parent-state and of an imminent ex...
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In recent years, there have been significant investments in tourism projects and the establishment of a comprehensive tourism plan by the Transnistrian de facto government but also in Nagorno-Karabakh, for example. Based on the official data and policies in the Eurasian de facto states, as well as on fieldwork observations mainly in Transnistria, t...
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This Special Issue examines the ways states, regions, de facto states and local actors situated in-between the EU and Russia cope with the competitive external pressure coming from the two regional powers. States, diverse groups and actors in this overlapping neighborhood navigate between varied economic and political integration projects and betwe...
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Moldova pursues a “dual alignment” strategy between two opposing political, economic and cultural blocs: the European Union (EU) and Russia. Why does Chișinău pursue such a strategy, and how (if) can it be sustained? While geopolitics and identity have their own explanatory power, this article brings in local actors – international brokers – playin...
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When thinking about Euro-Russian relations, IR scholars focus on why conflict has replaced cooperation. The “geostrategic debate” excludes the possible coexistence of cooperation and conflict. In this Introduction to the special issue, we track the evolution of conflict and cooperation patterns in three zones of contact (Estonia, Kaliningrad, Moldo...
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This paper takes a bottom-up perspective on the “boundary issues” that emerged between the EU and Russia with and since the end of the Cold War: the mobility of people and goods, energy and natural resources, security, and protection of minorities. This paper compares three zones of contact: Estonia, Moldova and Kaliningrad. Our starting point is t...
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Borders have recently attracted a lot of academic scrutiny. Two very distinct types of literature have attempted to capture the current evolution of borders. The first one, leaning more toward the field of security studies, puts the emphasis on the rampant securitization, the coercive dimension of borders, and their divisive consequences. The secon...
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The systemic turn in deliberative democracy theory seeks to connect specific deliberative exercises to the broader social and political context and processes of decision-making. However, it still lacks empirical foundations to capture the complexity of real-life deliberative processes. This is especially true in contexts where deliberation—at least...
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The “frozen” conflict between Moldova and its separatist Transnistrian region—which developed into a de facto state—is dynamic. Despite an active nation-building project to support Transnistria’s independence and a stated willingness to join Russia, Transnistria is juggling between Russia and Europe. While economically dependent on the former’s sub...
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The 1992–1993 civil wars in Moldova and in Georgia ended with a de facto separation of Transnistria and Abkhazia, respectively. These de facto states are both inhabited by the kin to the ‘enemy’ across the administrative border: Moldovans and Georgians/Mingrelians. How do the de facto authorities foster a collective identity in support of their cla...
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The complex architecture of fragmented authority in the international system remains under-theorized. Understanding the world of separatist regions that turn into de facto states is high on the research agenda. While patron states are said to be a necessary condition, we argue that it might not be a sufficient one to explain the varying degrees of...
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This article addresses the puzzling case of shifting identity constructions in northern Cyprus, from ethnic to civic–territorial in 2003 and back to ethnic in 2009. It is argued that these shifts occurred when external factors (EU and Turkey) opened/closed windows of opportunity for internal elites’ reconfigurations. It then explains societal respo...
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Engaging with the literature on deliberative democracy, this article contends that in the context of ethnic group hostilities, deliberative processes where participants have a genuine opportunity to communicate and 'hear the other side' can be a way for inter-group dialogue and reconciliation. Separating the deliberative process into three distinct...
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Territorial arrangements for managing inter-ethnic relations within states are far from consensual. Although self-governance for minorities is commonly advocated, international documents are ambiguously formulated. Conflicting pairs of principles, territoriality vs. personality, and self-determination vs. territorial integrity, along with diverging...
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To legitimize separation from Moldova, Transnistrian elites have been constructing a civic Transnistrian nation, subsuming local ethnic Russian, Ukrainian, and Moldovan identities. This article first identifies changes to the Transnistrian nation-building strat- egy: from an emphasis on Moldovan nationhood in the early 1990s to oppose “Romanianizat...
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Ethnolinguistic political mobilization has spread throughout the post-communist area. However, it is unclear whether it has been accompanied by a strengthening of group boundaries. This paper examines the nation-building process of unrecognized Silesians in Poland. It explores the mobilization strategies used by Silesian ethnopolitical entrepreneur...
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European ethnic and national groups are often said to undermine European structures, i.e., States’ sovereignty and territorial integrity. Considering the literature on multilevel governance, it is argued that minorities’ politics and strategies are in line with the overall Europeanisation process. A glimpse at the demands and alliances by four cent...
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How do we account for the reinforcement of identity particularisms despite transnational integration? This paper addresses the question by comparing two ethnolinguistic groups, Silesians and Kashubs in Poland. It is argued that in order to obtain state protection and tools to develop and survive, ethnic entrepreneurs adjust to institutions and disc...
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Alors que les États nationaux sont confrontés à la diversité culturelle croissante et peinent avec les politiques d’inclusion-exclusion de l’« autre », la recherche des pratiques permettant de vivre ensemble s’impose. Cet essai propose une façon de comprendre les processus intégrateurs dans les sociétés divisées, basée sur l’observation des dévelop...
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Vivre ensemble dans l'espace public, ParratonCharles et BonenfantMaude (dir.), Les Presses de l'Université du Québec, Montréal, 2009, 224 pages - Volume 43 Issue 4 - Magdalena Dembinska
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State- and nation-building historical policies clash with the perspectives of minorities. Negative group stereotypes affect the trust required for multicultural societies to function. How do groups mediate differences and cope with hate-prone interpretations of history? Linking the often separate literature on social capital, identity, ethnic confl...
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Power sharing and its diverse federal arrangements are insufficient to solve without partition conflicts evolving around the de facto States. I propose to depart from the purely institutional approach and look for incentives at diffe- rent levels which might break the impasse. Comparing justifications underlying demands for independence in Transnis...
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The article explores the relationship between institutional constraints and nation-building. Non-recognized Rusyns in Ukraine and Silesians in Poland respond instrumentally to state definitions of “minority.” Moreover, both groups adjust their strategies to European structures and discourses which provide new ways to frame their identity claims. In...
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A rich and plausible academic literature has delineated reasons to believe Brazil’s democratic political institutions—including electoral rules, the political party system, federalism, and the rules of legislative procedure—are suboptimal from the viewpoints of democratic representativeness and policy-making effectiveness. The authors concur that s...
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Traditional models of citizenship are based on a construction of the State as representing a single national group. Loyalty and support for the State and the definition of the 'common good' were thought to derive from identification with the national group. This model of citizenship is challenged with the multiplication of sub-national identities c...

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