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Introduction: Puzzles of Multinational Federalism

  • Alain-G. GagnonEmail author
  • Arjun Tremblay
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Part of the Federalism and Internal Conflicts book series (FEINCO)

Abstract

This chapter establishes the book’s main research questions, explains the context and background of the scholarly discussion on multinational and multiethnic federalism, provides an overview of the book’s chapters, and highlights several of their main contributions to the study of federalism. In brief, this chapter shows that the book addresses a striking puzzle: although there is a scholarly consensus on the need for multinational federalism in deeply diverse polities, there has been very little, if any, movement towards substantive multinational federalism. The chapters in this volume contribute to addressing this and other puzzles of multinational federalism. Additionally, several of the chapters bring a new pluralist dimension to understanding multinational federalism while others build on the emerging link between the study of federalism and the new institutionalism.

Keywords

Multinational federalism Multiethnic federalism New institutionalism 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversité du Québec à MontréalMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Department of Politics and International StudiesUniversity of ReginaReginaCanada

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