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The Conditions of Diversity in Multinational Democracies


With the nation of the nation-state, the in citizenship laws of the state provide clear answers as to who is a member of the nation and who is not. [...] The eighteenth-century concept of popular sovereignty was designed for the "people as a whole." When the revolutionaries in France stated that the princi- ple of sovereignty resides essentially in the nation, they may be taken to have asserted that the nation was more than the king and the aristocracy. [...] The new ideas of the philosophes, emphasizing the cult of liberty and equal- ity and, in particular, the idea of state power rooted in popular consent, were 2 the conditions of diversity in multinational democracies initially applied to the construction and consolidation of the nation-state. [...] Using Catalonia as a case study, Guibernau shows that opposing conceptions of the state and the nation coexisted during the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) and the 40 years of Franco's dictatorship, and that there was an attempt to reconcile the two concepts in the transition to democracy and decentralization of Spain. [...] In the second section, I link value pluralism with multinational federations in order to discuss the suitability of establishing the 15 recognition of national pluralism, a plurinational division of powers, the participa- tion in the processes of constitutional reform and the constitutional regulation of the right of self-determination, following the 1998 decision of the Canadian Supreme Court in
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Alain-G Gagnon, Montserrat Guibernau, FranCois Rocher

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