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Constitutional Law and National Pluralism

Stephen Tierney


Over the past thirty years, sub-State national minorities in a number of developed liberal democracies have both reasserted their cultural distinctiveness and demanded recognition of it in legal and political terms. This phenomenon has been the subject of considerable study by sociologists, political scientists, and political theorists. This book differs by offering a study of the consequences of these rights claims for legal systems. It examines the role played by law, especially constitutional law, in the negotiation of the complex relationships and competing rights claims involving the Stat ... More

Keywords: sub-State national minorities, cultural distinctiveness, pluralist democracies, multi-level polity, Catalonia, Quebec, Scotland, constitutional law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199298617
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199298617.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Tierney, author
Lecturer in Law, University of Edinburgh