Democracy and Cultural Diversity

Paperback | April 1, 2000

EditorMichael ONeill, Dennis Austin

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The nation state is now faced with unprecedented pressures. Global shifts (a medley of powerful forces in contemporary political economy, military affairs and international security, technology and communications, cultural changes, ecological challenges and so on) require policy solutions atlevels of governance beyond traditional states. At the same time, and in part as a response to these wider forces and the uncertainty they bring in their wake, established national polities are challenged too by the rise of politicized sub-national (ethnic, religious, linguistic and cultural)movements. This phenomenon presents a challenge to the extant political systems and the elites who manage their affairs. Moreover, it offers a particular challenge to democratic states. Inasmuch as these polities celebrate the virtues of self-determination and encourage pluralism as a matter ofcourse, flourishing and assertive movements demanding in some degree the re-negotiation of the national bargain, present a serious challenge to the continuity of historic national projects. At the same time, democracy is particularly well equipped, both as a discourse and method of practisingpolitics, for accommodating cultural diversity. This book contains an overview of this challenge to the art of democratic government, and case studies from every region of the world. The contributions are by acknowledged international experts on how democratic states have confronted the task ofmanaging cultural diversity and accommodating perceived differences of identity short of political break-up.

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The nation state is now faced with unprecedented pressures. Global shifts (a medley of powerful forces in contemporary political economy, military affairs and international security, technology and communications, cultural changes, ecological challenges and so on) require policy solutions atlevels of governance beyond traditional stat...

Dennis Austin was a Tutor at the University of Ghana in the 1950s, a Research Fellow at the University of London in the 1960s, a Professor of Government of the University of Manchester in the 1970s, and Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Manchester in the 1980s. He is now Honorary Fellow and Emeritus Professor at the Institute ...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:April 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199290008

ISBN - 13:9780199290000

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1. Dennis Austin and Michael O'Neill: Introduction: Democracy and Cultural Diversity2. Alain Gagnon: Unity versus Diversity in Canada under Trudeau and Chretien3. Darren Wallis: Political Management of Diversity in Post-Revolutionary Mexico4. Donna Lee Van Cott: Constitutional Reform and Ethnic Rights: Latin America5. Montserrat Guibernau: The Politics of Identity in Democratic Spain: Catalonia and the Basque Country6. Michael O'Neill: From Dicey to Devolution: Managing Territorial Diversity in Britain7. Clive Church: Switzerland: A Paradigm in Evolution8. Michael O'Neill: Language, Ethnicity and Nationality in Belgium9. Desmond Thomas: Language and National Unity in Slovakia10. Dennis Austin: Ghana in the 1990s: Un Beau Voyage?11. Martin Dent: Democracy, Federalism and Ethnic Rivalry in Nigeria12. Andrew Rigby: Lebanon13. Anirudha Gupta: India: Democracy and Dissent14. David Seah: Malaysia: Dilemmas of Integration15. Richard Bellamy: Dealing with Difference: Four Models of Pluralist Politics