Vigilance, Trust and ‘Fine Risks’ in the Minefield of Multinational Democracies

Trust, Distrust, Mistrust in Multinational Democracies. Comparative Perspectives, eds. Dimitrios Karmis and François Rocher. Montréal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2018: 86-110.

25 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2021

Date Written: September 22, 2018

Abstract

In chapter 5, Dimitrios Karmis and Darren O’Toole address these questions through a critical reading of Philip Pettit’s influential Republicanism: A Theory of Freedom and Government (1997). Karmis and O’Toole contend that despite several merits, Pettit’s conceptual framework needs significant revisions. Using examples from the history of Canada-Québec relations, they argue that such a framework seriously underestimates the depth of the tension between vigilance and trust. They also show how Pettit’s unconditional “overtures of trust” are imprudent and risky in the context of significantly asymmetrical power relations between a minority nation and a majority nation.

Keywords: Republicanism, Québec, Pettit

Suggested Citation

Karmis, Dimitrios and O'Toole, Darren, Vigilance, Trust and ‘Fine Risks’ in the Minefield of Multinational Democracies (September 22, 2018). Trust, Distrust, Mistrust in Multinational Democracies. Comparative Perspectives, eds. Dimitrios Karmis and François Rocher. Montréal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2018: 86-110., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3929089

Dimitrios Karmis

Independent

Darren O'Toole (Contact Author)

University of Ottawa ( email )

57 Louis Pasteur Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5
Canada

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