The Ties that Bind 'Post-National' Polities Together: An Introduction
Fossum, John Erik ; Magnette, Paul ; Poirier, Johanne, The Ties that Bind : Accommodating Diversity in Canada and the European Union, Peter Lang, Brussels/Oxford/Bern etc., pages 11-30, 2009
11 Pages Posted: 7 Jul 2016 Last revised: 8 Aug 2016
Date Written: January 1, 2009
What elements keep complex, “post-national” political entities together? This chapter serves as the introduction to “The Ties that Bind: ‘Post-national’ Polities Together,” a systematic comparative assessment of the challenge of binding increasingly diverse and complex societies. This book weaves normative and empirical debates regarding the European Union and Canada, which both escape the label of ‘classical nation-state’, including a discussion of constitutional patriotism. This introductory chapter underlines the interest of comparing Canada and the EU, including their experiences of overlapping diversity, multi-nationalism, linguistic pluralism and federal structures. The chapter then goes on to provide a thorough overview of the book’s chapters.
Keywords: post-nationalism, federalism, constitutional patriotism, diversity, comparative politics, Canada, European Union, pluralism, democracy
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