Multinational Democracies

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Alain-G. Gagnon, James Tully, Cambridge University Press
Cambridge University Press, Jul 30, 2001 - Law - 411 pages
Multinational Democracies is the first collaborative, multi-perspective critical survey of a new and distinctive type of political association that is coming into prominence in the twenty-first century. These are democratic societies that are not only multicultural but also multinational: that is, they comprise two or more nations. Nineteen leading comparative political scientists and political theorists from Europe and North America clarify the complex character and tensions of multinational democracies by reflecting on four exemplars--the United Kingdom, Spain, Belgium and Canada. The work offers a new approach to the study, understanding and governing of multinational societies and, in so doing, of culturally diverse societies more generally. This volume will be of interest to those concerned with diverse societies, nationalism, struggles for recognition, federalism and democratic constitutionalism in conditions of pluralism.

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Justice and stability in multinational democracies
So many nations so few states territory and nationalism in the global era
Political stability in multinational democracies comparing language dynamics in Brussels Montreal and Barcelona
Justice and stability in multinational societies
Political liberalism in multinational states the legitimacy of plural and asymmetrical federalism
Struggles over recognition and institutions of accommodation
Federalism federation and collective identities in Canada and Belgium different routes similar fragmentation
Recognition claims partisan politics and institutional constraints Belgium Spain and Canada in a comparative perspective
Federalist language policies the cases of Canada and Spain
Competing national visions CanadaQuebec relations in a comparative perspective
Modes of reconciliation and conflict management
Liberal citizenship in multinational societies
Nationality in divided societies
The moral foundations of asymmetrical federalism a normative exploration of the case of Quebec and Canada
Federalism and the management of conflict in multinational societies

Ethnoterritorial concurrence in multinational societies the Spanish comunidades autonomas
Mutual recognition and the accommodation of national diversity constitutional justice in Northern Ireland

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Page 14 - Our democratic institutions necessarily accommodate a continuous process of discussion and evolution, which is reflected in the constitutional right of each participant in the federation to initiate constitutional change. This right implies a reciprocal duty on the other participants to engage in discussions to address any legitimate initiative to change the constitutional order.