The Cosmonational Politics of Diaspora Parliamentary Representation

  • Michel S. Laguerre
Part of the Europe in Transition: The NYU European Studies Series book series (EIT)


The global expansion of the diaspora condition has brought about a new dimension in the performance of everyday institutional and transnational politics. It is a politics that is shaped and expressed not exclusively in the realm of a homeland (domestic politics), a hostland (ethnic politics), or the relations between states (international relations), but is also choreographed within the cross-border space of a cosmonation (cosmonational politics). Herein lies the novelty of the new form of political practice and entanglement that this analysis elucidates. Unlike national politics, which uses the jurisdictional and territorial boundaries of the state as its main arena of political practice, cosmonational politics combines both the homeland and the diaspora’s multiple enclaves in an array of countries as its sphere of deployment.


Political Party Voter Turnout Political Practice Parliamentary Election Registered Voter 
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