Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

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The Ethnicity and Democratic Governance Project is based out of Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario, Canada) with close collaboration with two other Canadian universities (University of Toronto and Université du Quebéc à Montréal). Its 37-member research team is composed of international scholars with strong Canadian representation.

Governance of ethnic diversity is an area in which Canada has an enormous comparative advantage in international scholarship. Canada has its own deep experience of diversity – Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples; Francophone and Anglophone communities; increasingly diverse immigration and multiculturalism. Accommodating difference has been Canada’s major challenge, and in some ways Canada has been a world leader in doing so successfully. Partly as a result of this experience, Canadian scholars – many of whom are engaged in this project – are at the leading edge of theory and research in this area.

EDG academic team members come from 20 universities and research institutions in seven countries (Canada, India, Austria, Ghana, Hong Kong, Britain and the United States). Members have wide-ranging experience in diverse disciplines (Politics, Law, Anthropology, History, Sociology, Philosophy) and expertise in various regions of the world (North America, Europe, Asia, Africa). Team members, representing no fewer than 14 national and ethnic communities, have spent many years studying various types of ethnic diversity and strategies for accomodation of them. This mix of expertise will allow for a uniquely fruitful set of collaborative research activities that are interdisciplinary in their theory and methodologies; comparative in scope; and integrate both normative and empirical analysis.

The EDG project also includes eight influential non-academic partner organizations, and several major stakeholders, all of whom will be actively involved in shaping the research agenda, and in disseminating the results. Combined with innovative plans for student training and research dissemination, we believe that this project will make a ground-breaking and long-lasting contribution to both scholarship and public policy in Canada and around the world.