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Federalism and Internal Conflicts

Federalism and National Diversity in the 21st Century

Editors: Gagnon, Alain-G., Tremblay, Arjun (Eds.)

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  • Contributes to the understanding of the workings of multinational federations
  • Includes single case studies and comparative pieces as well as theoretical discussions on federalism in multinational settings
  • Addresses the concerns of non-territorial minorities or minorities in minorities
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This edited volume explores the obstacles to and opportunities for the development and entrenchment of a sustainable and representative multinational federalism. In doing so, it tackles a striking puzzle: on the one hand, scholars agree that deeply diverse multinational and multiethnic democracies should adopt federal structures that reflect and empower territorially concentrated diversity. On the other hand, there are very few, if any, real examples of enshrined and fully operative substantive multinational federalism. What are the main roadblocks to the adoption of multinational federalism? Can they be overcome? Is there a roadmap to realizing multinational federalism in the twenty-first century? In addressing these questions, this book brings together scholars from across the globe who explore a diverse range of cases from different and innovative analytical approaches. The chapters contribute to answering the above questions, each in their own way, while also addressing other important aspects of multinational federalism. The book concludes that the way forward likely depends on the emergence of a specific set of norms and a receptiveness to the complex institutional design.

About the authors

Alain-G. Gagnon is Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada, and Founding Director of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Diversity and Democracy. He has authored more than 500 works in political sociology, federal studies and Canadian politics. His research has been translated into twenty languages.

Arjun Tremblay is Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Regina, Canada, and author of Diversity in Decline? The Rise of the Political Right and the Fate of Multiculturalism (2019). His research focuses on the near and longer-term prospects of multiculturalism, multinational federalism, and other diversity-oriented projects.

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​“Federalism is increasingly being looked at as a tool for accommodation of ethno-national diversity worldwide. At the same time, there is little awareness of what approaches, institutions and procedures are required to achieve recognition through federalism in multinational contexts. This seminal book addresses challenges and opportunities to be taken into account when dealing with federalism and diversity. A must-read.” (Francesco Palermo, Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law, University of Verona, and Head of the Institute for Comparative Federalism at Eurac Research, Bolzano/Bozen, Italy)
“This collection of case studies represents an original and important contribution by a group of eminent and emerging scholars who provide lucid analyses of the institutions and practices of devolved autonomies for national and other minorities. What are the ingredients of a substantive multinational federalism? While no one roadmap reveals itself, Gagnon and Tremblay identify institutional ingredients and cultural norms that are crucial to realizing the ‘federal promise’ of diverse multinational states.” (James Bickerton, Professor of Political Science, St. Francis Xavier University, Canada)
“As majoritarian nationalist movements challenge many of the practices and institutions which have evolved to recognise and accommodate diversity in complex societies, this is a timely and important volume. Contributors offer a genuinely global perspective on the challenges and prospects for federalism in multi-national settings, and break new ground by foregrounding challenges that were frequently absent in earlier scholarship such as the rights of internal migrants, and minorities within minorities. This wide-ranging collection will be invaluable as a resource for teaching and for researchers.” (Louise Tillin, Reader in Politics, King’s College London, UK)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Introduction: Puzzles of Multinational Federalism

    Pages 1-16

    Gagnon, Alain-G. (et al.)

  • Diverse Democracies and the Practice of Federalism

    Pages 19-39

    Kennedy, James

  • When Have Dyadic Federations Succeeded and When Have They Failed? A Comparative Analysis of Bipolar Federalism Around the World

    Pages 41-72

    Niessen, Christoph (et al.)

  • Assessing the Spanish State’s Response to Catalan Independence: The Application of Federal Coercion

    Pages 73-104

    Payero-López, Lucía

  • Origins and Consequences of American Multicultural Federalism: Constitutional Patriotism, Territorial Neutrality, and National Polarization

    Pages 107-129

    Kincaid, John

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Federalism and National Diversity in the 21st Century
Editors
  • Alain-G. Gagnon
  • Arjun Tremblay
Series Title
Federalism and Internal Conflicts
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-38419-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-38419-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-38418-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 339
Number of Illustrations
11 b/w illustrations
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