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

See all articles by John Erik Fossum

John Erik Fossum

University of Oslo - Advanced Research on the Europeanisation of the Nation State (ARENA)

Johanne Poirier

McGill University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: January 1, 2009

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Fossum, John Erik and Poirier, Johanne, The Ties that Bind 'Post-National' Polities Together: An Introduction (January 1, 2009). 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. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2695879

John Erik Fossum

University of Oslo - Advanced Research on the Europeanisation of the Nation State (ARENA) ( email )

PO Box 1143 Blindern
N-0317 Oslo
Norway

Johanne Poirier (Contact Author)

McGill University - Faculty of Law ( email )

3644 Peel Street
Montreal H3A 1W9, Quebec
Canada

HOME PAGE: http://www.mcgill.ca/law/about/profs/poirier-johanne

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Downloads
14
Abstract Views
163
PlumX Metrics