The current context of developed societies is characterised by a number of phenomena, the most significant of which are processes of economic globalisation, information technologies, increasing multiculturalism and the emergence of cases of national pluralism which require full political accommodation both within democracies and in the international sphere.

The book examines the current state of affairs concerning the political recognition and constitutional accommodation of national pluralism in liberal democracies in the global era of the 21st century. The aim of this volume is to reveal the normative, analytical and institutional shortcomings of liberal democracies in multinational contexts and to offer alternatives that theoretically refine and practically improve the recognition and political accommodation of national pluralism within the democratic polity. Through a series of analyses linked to the development of political liberalism in contemporary states the contributors analyse the direct impact on the way that democracies have treated, and continue to treat, national pluralism in modern-day societies.

Bringing together leading scholars in the field to explore the different debates and approaches to this important issue, this volume will interest researchers and students of nationalism, federalism and multiculturalism, as well as political actors and policy makers with a particular interest in the management of diversity in present-day liberal democracies.

chapter |19 pages

Shadows of the Enlightenment

Refining pluralism in liberal democracies

chapter |24 pages

Reframing Sovereignty?

Sub-state national societies and contemporary challenges to the nation-state

chapter |18 pages

Federalism and the Protection of Rights and Freedoms

Affinities and antagonism

chapter |27 pages

The Myth of civic Patriotism

Nationalism under the veil of the Republic in France

chapter |21 pages

From Quid pro Quo to Modus Vivendi

Can legalizing secession strengthen the plurinational federation?