In Friederich M. Zimmermann & Susanne Janschitz (eds.), Regional Policies in Europe: Soft Features for Innovative Cross-Border Cooperation. Leykam Publishers:125-134 (2004)
|Abstract||Pluralism is an essential feature of liberal democratic theory and practice and rests upon the fundemental value of tolerance. Today, although there is widespread commitment to various forms of constitutional representative democracy, and although globalization has diminished the political, economic, and cultural significance of borders, at the same time, there has been a marked world-wide increase in conflict, tormoil, and violence based upon ethnic, religious, and regional identities. This latter trend, a sort of 21st century balkanization, is a serious threat to pluralism. This contribution to REGIONAL POLICIES IN EUROPE: SOFT FEATURES FOR INNOVATIVE CROSS-BORDER COOPERATION defines pluralism and argues for its advantages. It also makes an argument against an approach for dealing with identity-based activities and claims which advocates the recognition of special group rights and privileges. The piece concludes by proposing conditions under which pluralism might prosper and expand, and by suggesting the kind of public policies likely to foster such conditions. David T. Risser, Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Dept. of Government & Political Affairs|
|Keywords||democratic pluralism identity-based politics group rights|
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