The Strains of Commitment: The Political Sources of Solidarity in Diverse Societies by Keith BantingThe Strains of Commitment: The Political Sources of Solidarity in Diverse Societies by Keith Banting

The Strains of Commitment: The Political Sources of Solidarity in Diverse Societies

EditorKeith Banting, Will Kymlicka

Hardcover | May 13, 2017

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Building and sustaining solidarity is a compelling challenge, especially in ethnically and religiously diverse societies. Recent research has concentrated on forces that trigger backlash and exclusion. The Strains of Commitment examines the politics of diversity in the opposite direction,exploring the potential sources of support for an inclusive solidarity, in particular political sources of solidarity. The volume asks three questions: Is solidarity really necessary for successful modern societies? Is diversity really a threat to solidarity? And what types of politicalcommunities, political agents, and political institutions and policies help sustain solidarity in contexts of diversity? To answer these questions, the volume brings together leading scholars in both normative political theory and empirical social science. Drawing on in-depth case studies, historical and comparative research, and quantitative cross-national studies, the research suggests that solidarity does not emerge spontaneously or naturally from economic and social processes but is inherently built or eroded though political action. The politicsthat builds inclusive solidarity may be conflicting in the first instance, but the resulting solidarity is sustained over time when it becomes incorporated into collective (typically national) identities and narratives, when it is reinforced on a recurring basis by political agents, and - mostimportantly - when it becomes embedded in political institutions and policy regimes. While some of the traditional political sources of solidarity are being challenged or weakened in an era of increased globalization and mobility, the authors explore the potential for new political narratives,coalitions, and policy regimes to sustain inclusive solidarity.
Keith Banting is the Stauffer Dunning Fellow in the School of Policy Studies and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Studies at Queen's University in Canada. His publications include Multiculturalism and the Welfare State (co-edited with Will Kymlicka, 2006, OUP), and Inequality and the Fading Redistributive Politics (c...
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Title:The Strains of Commitment: The Political Sources of Solidarity in Diverse SocietiesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0 inPublished:May 13, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Keith Banting and Will Kymlicka: Introduction: The Political Sources of Solidarity in Diverse SocietiesSection One: The Political Theory of Solidarity2. David Miller: Solidarity and its Sources3. Rainer Baubock: Citizenship and Collective Identities as Political Sources of Solidarity in the European Union4. Jacob T. Levy: Against Fraternity: Democracy without SolidaritySection Two: Public Attitudes on Diversity and Solidarity5. Celine Teney and Marc Helbling: Tension Between the Elites and the Masses in Germany6. Richard Johnston, Matthew Wright, Stuart Soroka, and Jack Citrin: Diversity and Solidarity: New Evidence from Canada and the US7. Tim Reeskens and Wim van Oorschot: Conceptions of Citizenship and Tolerance Towards Immigrants: A Comparative Study of Public Opinion DataSection Three: The Politics of Diversity and Solidarity8. Peter A. Hall: The Political Sources of Social Solidarity9. Zoe Lefkofridi and Elie Michel: The Electoral Politics of Solidarity: The Welfare Agendas of Radical Right Parties10. Edward Koning: Making Xenophobia Matter: The Consequences of the 2002 Elections for Immigration Politics in the Netherlands11. Bo Rothstein: Solidarity, Diversity, and the Quality of Government12. Irene Bloemraad: Solidarity and Conflict: Understanding the Causes and Consequences of Access to Citizenship, Civic Integration Policies, and Multiculturalism13. Karin Borevi: Diversity and Solidarity in Denmark and Sweden14. Patrick Loobuyck and Dave Sinardet: Belgium: A Hard Case for Liberal Nationalism?Section Four: Concluding Commentary15. Philippe Van Parijs: Concluding Reflections: Solidarity, Diversity, and Social Justice