The Politics of Multiculturalism

Will Kymlicka

in Multicultural Citizenship

Published in print September 1996 | ISBN: 9780198290919
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599712 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Political Theory

 The Politics of Multiculturalism

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Begins by distinguishing various forms of cultural pluralism, which can sometimes be conflated under the label of ‘multiculturalism’, distinguishing, in particular, between ‘multination’ states possessing national minorities and ‘polyethnic’ states possessing ethnic groups. It then provides a typology of the different sorts of minority rights that ethnic and national groups may demand. In particular, it distinguishes between three types of group‐differentiated collective rights—rights of self‐government (involving the delegation of powers of government, often within a federal structure), polyethnic rights (involving financial support and legal protection for certain practices associated with particular ethnic or religious groups), and special representation rights (guaranteeing representation of minority groups within the central institutions of the larger state). It concludes with examples of each type from various countries, and explores some key differences between them regarding their institutional embodiment and constitutional protection.

Keywords: minority rights; multiculturalism; multination states; polyethnic states; self‐government

Chapter.  9789 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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