Roadblocks and Roadmaps to Multinational Federalism

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


This concluding chapter highlights the main challenges (i.e. roadblocks) to and the potential opportunities (i.e. roadmaps) for fully realizing the federal promise in deeply diverse multinational states in the twenty-first century. Before doing so, however, it shows what a transition to substantive multinational federalism would look like. In brief, the chapter concludes that there is no single institutional path to overcoming the challenges to achieving true multinational federalism. Instead, the way forward likely depends on the mutual good will of majority and minority political actors, on decision making guided by three principles (moderation, dignity and hospitality) and on receptiveness to the design and implementation of other emancipatory institutional initiatives.


Multinational federalism Moderation Dignity Hospitality Institutional initiatives 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political Science, Université du Québec à MontréalMontréalCanada
  2. 2.Department of Politics and International StudiesUniversity of ReginaReginaCanada

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