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Governing Diversity – Democratic Solutions in Multicultural Societies

Edited by Razmik Panossian, Bruce Berman and Anne Linscott

About the Publication, the Editors & the Authors

How to democratically govern multi-ethnic, multi-national, and multi-religious societies remains a major challenge for political leaders and policy makers throughout the world. This book, containing ten policy papers, draws on the expertise of Canadian and international specialists to highlight some of the key issues and challenges, as well as to provide certain policy suggestions.

Most of the violent conflicts in the past two decades have been fought over ethno-national cleavages. The traditional focus on socio-economic development as a solution to conflict misses the point. The more recent acknowledgement of good and democratic governance as central to development is a step in the right direction. But a piece of the puzzle is still missing: the crucial importance of addressing identity politics — that is, addressing issues related to ethnicity and nationalism. This volume examines, from a policy perspective, this relationship between conflict, ethnicity and democracy.

About the Editors

Razmik Panossian is the Director of Policy, Programmes and Planning at Rights & Democracy (Montreal, Canada). Previously, he has taught at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Bruce Berman is the Director and Principal Investigator of the Ethnicity and Democratic Governance project and Professor Emeritus of Political Studies at Queen’s University, Canada.

Anne Linscott is the Communications and Information Officer with the Ethnicity and Democratic Governance Project. She was previously a freelance writer/editor working mainly with academic and other public institutions.

About the Authors

Jacques Bertrand, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto.

Rajeev Bhargava, Director of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, University of Delhi, India.

Jane Boulden, Canada Research Chair in International Relations, Department of Politics and Economic Science, Royal Military College of Canada.

Olivier De Champlain, Research Officer, Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur la diversité au Québec (CRIDAQ), Université du Québec à Montréal.

Anver M. Emon, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto.

Alain-G. Gagnon, Canada Research Chair in Quebec and Canadian Studies and professor of Political Science, Université du Québec à Montréal. Director of CRIDAQ (above).

Baogang He, Chair in International Studies at the School of Politics and International Studies, Deakin University, Australia.

Will Kymlicka, Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Queen’s University.

Peter Leuprecht, Director, Institut d’études internationales de Montréal, Political Science and Law Faculty, Université du Québec à Montréal.

John McGarry, Canada Research Chair in Nationalism and Democracy, Department of Political Studies, Queen’s University.

Brendan O’Leary, Lauder Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania.

Luc Turgeon, PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto.