Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

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Kymlicka.jpgWill Kymlicka

Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy
Department of Philosophy
Queen's University

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Will Kymlicka received his B.A. in philosophy and politics from Queen's University in 1984, and his D.Phil. in philosophy from Oxford University in 1987. He is the author of six books published by Oxford University Press: Liberalism, Community, and Culture (1989), Contemporary Political Philosophy (1990; second edition 2002), Multicultural Citizenship (1995), which was awarded the Macpherson Prize by the Canadian Political Science Assocation, and the Bunche Award by the American Political Science Association, Finding Our Way: Rethinking Ethnocultural Relations in Canada(1998), Politics in the Vernacular: Nationalism, Multiculturalism and Citizenship(2001), and Multicultural Odysseys: Navigating the New International Politics of Diversity (2007), which was awarded the North American Society for Social Philosophy 2007 Book Award. He is also the editor of Justice in Political Philosophy (Elgar, 1992), and The Rights of Minority Cultures (OUP, 1995), co-editor with Ian Shapiro of Ethnicity and Group Rights(NYU, 1997), co-editor with Wayne Norman of Citizenship in Diverse Societies (OUP, 2000), co-editor with Simone Chambers ofAlternative Conceptions of Civil Society (PUP, 2001), co-editor with Magda Opalski of Can Liberal Pluralism Be Exported? (OUP, 2001), co-editor with Alan Patten of Language Rights and Political Theory (OUP, 2003), co-editor with Baogang He of Multiculturalism in Asia(OUP, 2005), co-editor with Keith Banting of Multiculturalism and the Welfare State: Recognition and Redistribution in Contemporary Democracies (OUP, 2006) and co-edior with William M. Sullivan of The Globalization of Ethics: Religious and Secular Perspectives(Cambridge UP, 2007), and co-editor (with Bashir Bashir) of The Politics of Reconciliation in Multicultural Societies (OUP, 2008).

He is currently the Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy at Queen's University, and a visiting professor in the Nationalism Studies program at the Central European University in Budapest. His works have been translated into 30 languages. He recently served a three-year term as President of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy (2004-6).

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  • Theory and practice of liberal multiculturalism in the West
  • Norms and standards of international organizations regarding treatment of minorities
  • Relationship between multiculturalism and liberal-democratic values
  • Canadian model of diversity
  • European norms of minority rights
  • Multiculturalism and the welfare state