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Multiculturalism and the Welfare State: Recognition and Redistribution in Contemporary Democracies

Keith Banting and Will Kymlicka


In many Western democracies, ethnic and racial minorities have demanded, and sometimes achieved, greater recognition and accommodation of their identities. This is reflected in the adoption of multiculturalism policies for immigrant groups, the acceptance of territorial autonomy and language rights for national minorities, and the recognition of land claims and self-government rights for indigenous peoples. These claims for recognition have been controversial, in part because of fears that they make it more difficult to sustain a robust welfare state by eroding the interpersonal trust, social ... More

Keywords: ethnic minorities, racial minorities, multicultural policies, social policy, territorial autonomy, language rights, land claims, self-government rights, redistribution, welfare state

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Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199289172
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199289172.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Keith Banting, editor
Research Chair in Public Policy, Queen's University.
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Will Kymlicka, editor
Research Chair in Political Philosophy, Queen's University
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Part I Cross‐national studies

2 Do multiculturalism policies erode the welfare state? An empirical analysis

Keith Banting, Richard Johnston, Will Kymlicka, and Stuart Soroka

Part II Case studies

Part III Theoretical reflections