Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

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Nootens.gifGeneviève Nootens

Canada Research Chair in Democracy and Sovereignty
Department of Political Science
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

Research Statement (58 kB)

Geneviève Nootens is professor of political science at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi since 1998. Her research is mainly concerned with the redeployment of democratic practices and the diffusion of sovereignty; majority and minority nationalism; and plurinational societies.

She is a member of the Groupe de recherche sur les sociétés plurinationales (GRSP), of the Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la diversité au Québec (CRIDAQ), and of the Groupe de recherche en interventions régionales (GRIR). She is also an affiliated researcher of the Canada Research Chair in Quebec and Canadian Studies.

Her most recent publications include Désenclaver la démocratie. Des huguenots à la paix des Braves (Montreal: Québec Amérique, 2004), "Nations, States, and the Sovereign Territorial Ideal. Renner's Contribution to Current Debates on the Multinational State" (in Ephraim Nimni, ed, National Cultural Autonomy and Its Contemporary Critics. London: Routledge, 2005), "État, lien civique et minorités nationales" (in P. Noreau and J. Woehrling, eds, Appartenances, institutions et citoyenneté. Montreal: Wilson et Lafleur, 2005), "La citoyenneté à l'ère de la mondialisation : un sens à redéfinir?" (in A. Duhamel and F. Jutras, eds., Enseigner et éduquer à la citoyenneté. Presses de l'Université Laval, 2005), and "Liberal Nationalism and the Sovereign Territorial Ideal", Nations and Nationalism, vol. 12, no. 1, January 2006. She is also director of Politique et sociétés


  • Normative issues of democratic governance of ethnically diverse societies
  • Self-government arrangements for national minorities, particularly First Nations (Innu treaty negotiations in Quebec)
  • Accommodating complex diversity in Canada and the European Union
  • Relationships between democracy, sovereignty and political obligations in a context of globalization
  • Erosion of state autonomy and social/cultural pluralization of societies