Centre for the Study of Democracy and Diversity

Centre for the Study of Democracy and Diversity
Centre for the Study of Democracy and Diversity

Recent Publications

Books


The Moral Economies of Ethnic and Nationalist Claims book cover The Moral Economies of Ethnic and Nationalist Claims
(UBC Press, 2016)
Edited by Bruce J. Berman, André Laliberté, & Stephen J. Larin

Bringing together international experts on the politics of ethnicity and nationalism, this final volume in the prestigious EDG series investigates how moral economies have been challenged in identity-based communities in ways that precipitate or exacerbate conflicts. The combination of theoretical chapters and case studies ranging from Africa and Asia to North America provides compelling evidence for the value of moral economy analysis in understanding problems associated with ethnic and nationalist mobilization and conflict.

 


Ethnic Diasporas and the Canada-United States Security Community: From the Civil War to Today book cover Ethnic Diasporas and the Canada-United States Security Community: From the Civil War to Today
(Rowman & Littlefield, 2015)
David G. Haglund

Ethnic Diasporas and the Canada-United States Security Community focuses on three diasporas and their impact on North American security relations, the Irish and Germans, which were mainly in the US, and the Muslim diaspora, which is based in both countries. The book begins by examining the evolution of North America from a zone of war to a zone of peace (i.e., a security community), starting with the debate over the nature and meaning of the Canada-US border. It then assesses the role of ethnic diasporas in North American security, looking as to whether ethnic interest groups have been gaining influence over the shaping of the US foreign policy. This debate is also valid in Canada, especially given the practice of federal political parties of catering to blocs of ethnic voters.
 


Settlers in Contested Lands book coverSettlers in Contested Lands. Territorial Disputes and Ethnic Conflicts
(Stanford University Press, 2015)
Edited by Oded Haklai and Neophytos Loizides

Settlers feature in many protracted territorial disputes and ethnic conflicts around the world. Explaining the dynamics of the politics of settlers in contested territories in several contemporary cases, this book explains how settler-related conflicts emerge, evolve, and are significantly more difficult to resolve than other disputes. Comparing Israel and the West Bank, Arab settlers in Kirkuk, Moroccan settlers in Western Sahara, Turkish settlers in Cyprus, Indonesian settlers in East Timor, and Sinhalese settlers in Sri Lanka, the book develops a novel theory of settlers in territorial disputes.

 


A Political Theory of Territory book coverA Political Theory of Territory
(Oxford University Press, 2015)
Margaret Moore

Our world is currently divided into territorial states that resist all attempts to change their borders. But what entitles a state, or the people it represents, to assume monopoly control over a particular piece of the Earth’s surface?  This book offers normative guidance on many issues facing us today, which involve territory and territorial rights: disputes over resources, boundaries, oceans, unoccupied islands, the frozen Arctic, secessionist conflicts, irredentist conflicts, disputes rooted in historical injustices with regard to land. It explains why territory matters, who has rights over territory, and the scope and limits of those rights.

 


International Approaches to Governing Ethnic Diversity book coverInternational Approaches to Governing Ethic Diversity
(Oxford University Press, 2015)
Edited by Jane Boulden and Will Kymlicka

The book charts new territory by mapping the range of international actors who affect the governance of ethnic diversity, and exploring their often contradictory roles and impacts. Most international actors come to questions of ethnic diversity indirectly and reluctantly, on the basis of widely varying mandates many of which were established to fulfill other objectives. They naturally therefore have different priorities and perspectives. And yet, the book identifies a striking convergence amongst international actors around discourses of diversity and equality, demonstrating the existence of an epistemic community where actors work within common vocabularies, discourses and principles that attempt to link human rights, pluralism, development and peace. 


Territorial Pluralism book coverTerritorial Pluralism
(UBC Press, 2015)
Edited by Karlo Basta, John McGarry and Richard Simeon

The book charts new territory by mapping the range of international actors who affect the governance of ethnic diversity, and exploring their often contradictory roles and impacts. Most international actors come to questions of ethnic diversity indirectly and reluctantly, on the basis of widely varying mandates many of which were established to fulfill other objectives. They naturally therefore have different priorities and perspectives. And yet, the book identifies a striking convergence amongst international actors around discourses of diversity and equality, demonstrating the existence of an epistemic community where actors work within common vocabularies, discourses and principles that attempt to link human rights, pluralism, development and peace. 


International Approaches to Governing Ethnic Diversity book coverMulticulturalism and Minority Rights in the Arab World
(Oxford University Press, 2014)
Edited by Will Kymlicka and Eva Pföstl 

Since the Arab Spring, Arab states have become the new front line in the struggle for democratization and for open societies. As the experience of other regions has shown, one of the most significant challenges facing democratization relates to minority rights. This book explores how minority claims are framed and debated in the region, and in particular, how political actors draw upon, re-interpret or resist both the new global discourses of minority rights and more local traditions and practices of co-existence.

 

 


Democracy and Conflict Resolution book coverDemocracy and Conflict Resolution
(Syracuse University Press, 2013)
Edited by Miriam Fendius Elman, Oded Haklai, and Hendrik Spruyt

Studies of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict typically focus on how international conditions drive the likelihood of conflict resolution.  By contrast, this book considers the understudied impact of domestic factors, and particularly the opportunities domestic politics provide for spoilers to foil peacemaking.  Using the contested theory of ‘democratic peace’ as the point of departure, the impact of a variety of internal factors are explored, including electoral systems; state configuration; identity; leadership; and social movements. In reflecting on how domestic politics matters, the book advances both new theoretical insights and policy-relevant suggestions for advancing peacemaking policies.