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The Strains of Commitment: The Political Sources of Solidarity in Diverse Societies

Keith Banting and Will Kymlicka


Building and sustaining solidarity is a compelling challenge, especially in ethnically and religiously diverse societies. Recent research has concentrated on forces that trigger backlash and exclusion. This volume looks at the politics of diversity in the opposite direction, exploring the potential sources of support for an inclusive solidarity, in particular political sources of solidarity. We ask three questions: Is solidarity really necessary for successful modern societies? Is diversity really a threat to solidarity? And what types of political communities, political agents, and political ... More

Keywords: solidarity, diversity, national identities, political agents, political institutions, policy regimes, backlash

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198795452
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198795452.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Keith Banting, editor
Stauffer Dunning Fellow and Professor Emeritus, Queen's University, Canada

Will Kymlicka, editor
Professor and Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy, Queen's University, Canada

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1 Introduction

Keith Banting and Will Kymlicka

Part I The Political Theory of Solidarity

4 Against Fraternity

Jacob T. Levy

Part II Public Attitudes on Diversity and Solidarity

6 Diversity and Solidarity

Richard Johnston, Matthew Wright, Stuart Soroka, and Jack Citrin

Part III The Politics of Diversity and Solidarity

9 The Electoral Politics of Solidarity

Zoe Lefkofridi and Elie Michel

12 Solidarity and Conflict

Irene Bloemraad

14 Belgium

Patrick Loobuyck and Dave Sinardet

15 Concluding Reflections

Philippe van Parijs