Multiculturalism and the Welfare State: Recognition and Redistribution in Contemporary Democracies

Paperback | December 19, 2006

EditorKeith Banting, Will Kymlicka

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In many Western democracies, ethnic and racial minorities have demanded, and sometimes achieved, greater recognition and accommodation of their identities. This is reflected in the adoption of multiculturalism policies for immigrant groups, the acceptance of territorial autonomy and languagerights for national minorities, and the recognition of land claims and self-government rights for indigenous peoples. These claims for recognition have been controversial, in part because of fears that they make it more difficult to sustain a robust welfare state by eroding the interpersonal trust,social solidarity and political coalitions that sustain redistribution. Are these fears of a conflict between a "politics of recognition" and a "politics of redistribution" valid? This volume is the first systematic attempt to empirically test this question, using both cross-national statistical analyses of the relationships among diversity policies, public attitudes and the welfare state, and case studies of the recognition/ redistribution linkage in the political coalitionsin particular countries, including the United States, Britain, Canada, Netherlands, Germany, and in Latin America. These studies suggest that that there is no general or inherent tendency for recognition to undermine redistribution, and that the relationship between these two forms of politics canbe supportive as well as competitive, depending on the context. These findings shed important light, not only on the nature and effects of multiculturalism, but also on wider debates about the social and political foundations of the welfare state, and indeed about our most basic concepts ofcitizenship and national identity. As a ground-breaking attempt to connect the literatures on multiculturalism and the welfare state, this volume will be of great interest to a wide range of scholars and practitioners who work on issues of ethnocultural diversity and social policy.

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In many Western democracies, ethnic and racial minorities have demanded, and sometimes achieved, greater recognition and accommodation of their identities. This is reflected in the adoption of multiculturalism policies for immigrant groups, the acceptance of territorial autonomy and languagerights for national minorities, and the recog...

Will Kymlicka is the author of five books published by Oxford University Press: Liberalism, Community, and Culture (1989), Contemporary Political Philosophy (1990; second edition 2002), Multicultural Citizenship (1995), which was awarded the Macpherson Prize by the Canadian Political Science Association, and the Bunche Award by the Am...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:424 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:December 19, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Keith Banting and Will Kymlicka: Introduction: Multiculturalism and the welfare state: Setting the contextPart one: Cross-national studies2. Keith Banting, Richard Johnston, Will Kymlicka, and Stuart Soroka: Do Multiculturalism policies erode the welfare state? An empirical analysis3. Markus Crepaz: 'If you are my brother, I may give you a dime!' Public opinion on multiculturalism, trust, and the welfare statePart two: Case studies4. Rodney E. Hero and Robert R. Preuhs: Multiculturalism and welfare policies in the US states: A state-level comparative analysis5. Geoffrey Evans: Is multiculturalism eroding support for welfare provision? The British case6. Han Entzinger: The parallel decline of multiculturalism and the welfare state in the Netherlands7. Peter A. Kraus and Karen Schonwalder: Multiculturalism in Germany: Rhetoric, scattered experiments, and future chances8. Matt James: Do campaigns for historical redress erode the Canadian welfare state?9. Nicola McEwen: Does the recognition of national minorities undermine the welfare state?10. Donna Lee Van Cott: Multiculturalism versus neoliberalism in Latin America11. Willem Assies: Neoliberalism and the re-emergence of ethnopolitics in BoliviaPart three: Theoretical reflections12. David Miller: Multiculturalism and the welfare state: Theoretical reflections13. John Myles and Sebastien St.-Arnaud: diversity, multiculturalism, and the welfare state: Should welfare state theory be revised?

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"The recognition of cultural diversity is not just about the law or politics, it is also about the welfare state and though citizens of the state share the law and welfare state, it is the redistribution of resources through the welfare state that asks burning questions of our mutuality... This issue is explored in detail in Multiculturalism and the Welfare State."--The Muslim World Book Review