State, Nation, and the National Flag in Post-Soviet Lithuania
In this article, PhD candidate Eglė Kesylytė-Alliks explores discursive construction of legitimating identity (-ies) of the state within official institutional and semipublic social discourses on the national flag in post-1990 Lithuania.
The article contributes to the continuous discussion regarding the puzzling coexistence of a relatively stable democratic regime and a limited degree of social and ethnic unrest with signs of political alienation in Lithuania. It argues that an empirical approach to legitimacy studies paired with research on national symbols and discourse analysis can contribute to a better understanding of this problem.
The state as an object of love and respect
Kesylytė-Alliks concludes that the most prominent legitimating identity of the state coming forth in the official discourse is that of the state as an object of love and respect. This view is both shared and challenged within the semipublic discourse – especially regarding issues of instrumental performance of the state as well as the ability to accommodate both the initiative and autonomy of its people within political affairs.
The publication is available at Cambridge University Press.