Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

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Assessing Territorial Pluralism

The Assessing Territorial Pluralism workshop has resulted in the following forthcoming publication:  

McGarry, John and Richard Simeon (eds.) Understanding Territorial Pluralism


May 16 - 17, 2008
Kingston, Queen's University

  • Co-organizers:
    • John McGarry (Queen's University)
    • Richard Simeon (University of Toronto & Harvard University)

Territorial pluralism involves the accommodation of territorially-concentrated ethnic, linguistic, religious, and national communities, either in a pluralist federation, a pluralist union state, a federacy, or through other institutions that link crossborder territories. A pluralist federation has internal boundaries that respect nationality, ethnicity, language or religion. The May 16 - 17 workshop will tackle three thematic questions. What is territorial pluralism (i.e., what is the range of institutional responses to diversity?) and how can it be distinguished from forms of self-government that do not accommodate communities based on ethnicity, religion, language or nationality? Under what conditions does territorial pluralism succeed or fail? Is territorial pluralism a normatively appropriate response to diversity?