Diversity and Democracy

  • Glyn Williams
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Minority Languages and Communities book series (PSMLC)


The remarks in the Introduction indicate that the modern European state has been constructed on two pillars – the autonomy of the individual state and a particular sense of democracy, the two main components of industrial capitalism. Minority language groups have either been excluded or marginalised from these developments. However, we are on the cusp of a profound change. European integration involves a weakening of the state in public and private life. Liberalisation and globalisation are sustained by a global neo-liberalism. Simultaneously, industrial-age economy is giving way to the New Economy constructed out of a new technology and an associated reevaluation of the principles of economic growth. Ethnos and demos are being destabilised.


Civil Society Political Party Political Culture Liberal Democracy Language Group 
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