Most foundational works in political philosophy have made fundamentally false and far-reaching assumptions concerning the culturally homogeneous character of the polity.Deliberative Democracy, Political Legitimacy, andSelf-Determination in Multicultural Societies provides a much needed corrective to conventional accounts of the normative foundations of the state by reconceptualizing some of the fundamental issues in political theory from a perspective that recognizes the culturally pluralistic character of contemporary democracies. Among the issues considered are democratic deliberation in multicultural societies, the justification and function of political communities, the nature of self-determination, the justification of cultural rights, and the moral rationale for regional self-governance and secession. This work is suitable for graduate and upper-division undergraduate courses in political philosophy and political science, as well as the lay reader interested in understanding the major sources of conflict and instability in democratic societies.
PrefaceAcknowledgments1. IntroductionThree Dilemmas of Multicultural DemocraciesThree Doctrines to Address These DilemmasDeveloping Democratic Citizenship in Multicultural Democracies2. Deliberative Democracy Advantages of Deliberative Democracy for Multicultural SocietiesProblems with Implementing Deliberative Democracy in Multicultural SocietiesClassifying Ethnocultural Groups On the Basis of the Prospects for Creating the Common Political Communities Required by Deliberative DemocracyAutonomist and Secessionist Groups and the Limits of Deliberative Democracy3. Epistemological EgalitarianismResources, Capabilities and Political EqualityMotivation for Political Participation and Political EqualityEquality of Political EfficacyThe Limits of Deliberative Democracy4. The Function and Justification of Political CommunitiesThree Questions Concerning the Normative Basis of Political CommunitiesConsent-based Theories of the StateMoral Constraints on the Formation of Political CommunitiesThe Proper Function and Justification of Political CommunitiesCommunal Self-Determination and the Autonomy of the Individual5. The Nature of Self-DeterminationTamir on National Self-DeterminationKymlicka's Theory of Ethnocultural Group Self-DeterminationEvaluating Kymlicka's Theory of Self-DeterminationThe Need for an Integrated and Comprehensive Theory of Ethnocultural Group Self-Determination6. Self-Determination for Accommodationist GroupsThe Connection Between Prejudice and Institutional PowerThe Importance of Equitable Political RepresentationThe Desirability of Systems of Proportional Representation for Accommodationist Groups7. Self-Determination for Autonomist and Secessionist GroupsGeneral Criticisms of Self-GovernanceThe Moral Justification of Self-GovernanceBuchanan's Theory of SecessionEvaluating Buchanan's Theory of SecessionThe Meaning of Self-Determination for Autonomist GroupsThe Importance of Cosmopolitan Democracy for Comprehensive Ethnocultural Group Self-Determination8. Property Rights in Multicultural Liberal DemocraciesThe Relevance of Property Rights for Multicultural Democracies