The current context of developed societies is characterised by a number of phenomena, the most significant of which are processes of economic globalisation, information technologies, increasing multiculturalism and the emergence of cases of national pluralism which require full political accommodation both within democracies and in the international sphere.
The book examines the current state of affairs concerning the political recognition and constitutional accommodation of national pluralism in liberal democracies in the global era of the 21st century. The aim of this volume is to reveal the normative, analytical and institutional shortcomings of liberal democracies in multinational contexts and to offer alternatives that theoretically refine and practically improve the recognition and political accommodation of national pluralism within the democratic polity. Through a series of analyses linked to the development of political liberalism in contemporary states the contributors analyse the direct impact on the way that democracies have treated, and continue to treat, national pluralism in modern-day societies.
Bringing together leading scholars in the field to explore the different debates and approaches to this important issue, this volume will interest researchers and students of nationalism, federalism and multiculturalism, as well as political actors and policy makers with a particular interest in the management of diversity in present-day liberal democracies.
1. Introduction: Liberal Democracies, National Pluralism and Federalism Ferran Requejo and Miquel Caminal 2. Shadows of Enlightenment: Refining Pluralism in Liberal Democracies Ferran Requejo 3. Liberal Democracy and National Minorities Bhikhu Parekh 4. The Transformation of the Democratic State in Western Europe John Loughlin 5. Liberal Multiculturalism and Human Rights Will Kymlicka 6. On Postnational Identity Michel Seymour 7. Reframing Sovereignty? Sub-State National Societies and Contemporary Challenges to the Nation-State Stephen Tierney 8. Federalism and the Protection of Rights and Freedoms: Affinities and Antagonism José Woehrling 9. The Myth of Civic Patriotism: Nationalism and Republicanism in France Ramón Máiz 10. From Quid Pro Quo to Modus Vivendi: Can Legalizing Secession Strengthen the Multinational Federation? Wayne Norman 11. Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism in the Global Age Montserrat Guibernau 12. Democracy, Federalism and Plurinational States Miquel Caminal
This series draws attention to some of the most exciting issues in current world political debate: nation-building, autonomy and self-determination; ethnic identity, conflict and accommodation; pluralism, multiculturalism and the politics of language; ethnonationalism, irredentism and separatism; and immigration, naturalization and citizenship. The series includes monographs as well as edited volumes, and through the use of case studies and comparative analyses will bring together some of the best work to be found in the field.