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The Cultural Defense of Nations: A Liberal Theory of Majority Rights

Liav Orgad


The changing patterns of contemporary immigration have initiated a new form of majority nationalism. In recent years, liberal democracies have introduced immigration and citizenship policies that are designed to defend the majority culture. This trend is fed by fears of immigration—some justified, some paranoid—which explain the rise of extreme right—wing parties in the West. Liberal theory and human rights law seem to be out of sync with these developments. While they recognize the rights of minority groups to maintain their cultural identity, it is typically assumed that majority groups have ... More

Keywords: majority rights, constitutional identity, comparative immigration law, naturalization, liberalism, integration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199668687
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199668687.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Liav Orgad, author
Marie Curie Fellow and Assistant Professor of Law, Freie Universität Berlin and Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Israel. Fellow-in-Residence, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University