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Negotiating Diversity

Identity, Pluralism and Democracy


Edited By Alain-G. Gagnon and José-Maria Sauca

This book provides new insights into the negotiation and management of diversity in complex democratic settings. Much debate has been generated recently over questions of human rights and dignity with the aim of empowering and improving the recognition of smaller nations.
The book’s central idea is that respect for democracy and protection of human rights represent the most potent ways for the advancement and enrichment of cultural, ideological and legal pluralism. The pursuit and accomplishment of such objectives can only be achieved through negotiation that leads to the accommodation and empowerment of minority groups and nations.
Negotiating Diversity brings into dialogue political scientists, philosophers and jurists, and enriches a major discussion launched some years back by Yael Tamir’s Liberal Nationalism, Alain-G. Gagnon and James Tully’s Multinational Democracies, as well as Wayne Norman’s Negotiating Nationalism, and Will Kymlicka’s Multicultural Citizenship.
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Alain-G. Gagnon holds the Canada Research Chair in Québec and Canadian Studies at the Université du Québec à Montréal. His most recent books include, as author: The Case for Multinational Federalism (2010) and Minority Nations in the Age of Uncertainty (2014), as co-author: Federalism, Citizenship and Quebec (2007) and as co-editor: Federal Democracies (2011) as well as Political Autonomy and Divided Societies and Multinational Federalism (2012).

José María Sauca is professor of Philosophy of Law at Carlos III University of Madrid where he leads the Research Group on Law and Justice. He is also director of Eunomia. Revista en Cultura de la Legalidad. He is the author of « La contribution de la Commission Bouchard-Taylor au modèle interculturel du Québec » in E. Brouillet & L.-P. Lampron, La mobilisitation du droit et la protection des collectivités minoritaires (2013) and « Eskualde eta nortasuna: Kanadako ikasgaiak » in Eleria. Euskal Herriko Legelarien Aldizkaria (2011). He is also the author of Identidad y Derecho. Nuevas perspectivas para viejos debates (2010) and Estado de Derecho y decisiones judiciales (with C. Redondo & P. Andrés, 2009) and coeditor with Isabel Wences of Lecturas de la sociedad civil (2007).

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