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Political Science Essays

Taking Pluralism Seriously

Complex Societies under Scrutiny

by (author) Félix Mathieu

McGill-Queen's University Press
Initial publish date
Jun 2022
Essays, Nationalism
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In so-called post-factual societies, where public debates are undermined by their false or misleading premises, philosophers who have reflected on diversity and pluralism can offer a critical and clarifying perspective through which to evaluate the statements of politicians and the media.

Félix Mathieu offers a theoretical, empirical, and normative analysis of the debates surrounding the accommodation of ethnocultural and societal diversity in contemporary liberal democracies. With a close lens on Canada, he looks at case studies in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands to test political leaders’ and analysts’ claims of successful accommodation and pluralism. Taking Pluralism Seriously provides a clear, fair, and helpful summary of the debate so far in order to understand the promises and pitfalls associated with theories of multiculturalism, interculturalism, federalism, and multinational democracy, investigating the conditions that might make it possible for different national communities to become fully empowered, politically and culturally.

Taking Pluralism Seriously invites readers to explore questions of pluralism and accommodation and proposes political reforms to meet the challenges arising from diversity, while considering some of the most pressing concerns complex societies are facing today.

About the author

Félix Mathieu is assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Winnipeg.

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Editorial Reviews

Taking Pluralism Seriously is on the leading edge of literature that engages the contemporary debate around the need to do justice to diversity in modern democratic societies. Written in a clear and accessible style, this book advances strong and well-supported arguments for democratic policy reform.” Charles Blattberg, Université de Montréal and author of From Pluralist to Patriotic Politics: Putting Practice First