Recognition and Redistribution in Multinational Federations

Edited by Jean François Grégoire and Michael Jewkes

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World’s leading theorists of multinational justice on sub-state national minority groups.

Almost without exception, multinational states across the West are facing existential crises precipitated by the resurgence of sub-state national minority groups. This edited volume brings together many of the world’s leading theorists of multinational justice in order to analyse two of the most frequent areas of debate and dispute in multinational federations: recognition and redistribution. The authors address questions such as the following: What are the most appropriate forms of institutional recognition for sub-state national groups? How is the concept of redistributive justice affected by the presence of federal institutions and autonomous sub-state nationalities? And what are the potential sources of stability that fractious federations can call upon? As well as extensive theoretical analyses, the book is peppered throughout with examples drawn from actual multinational states including Canada, Belgium, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

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Contributors: Jean-François Grégoire (KU Leuven), Michael Jewkes (KU Leuven), Helder De Schutter (KU Leuven), Antoon Vandevelde (KU Leuven), Alain-G Gagnon (Université du Québec à Montréal), Geneviève Nootens (Université du Québec à Chicoutimi), Philippe Van Parijs (Université Catholique de Louvain), François Boucher (University of Montreal), Jocelyn Maclure (Université Laval), Andrew Shorten (University of Limerick), David Robichaud (University of Ottawa), Ferran Requejo (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Marc Sanjaume (Université du Québec à Montréal).

Recognition and Redistribution in Multinational Federations: Reconcilable Goals, or Unresolvable Tension?
Michael Jewkes

Part I: Recognition in Multinational Federations
1. Non-territorial Jurisdictional Authority: A Radical Possibility in Need of a Critique
Helder De Schutter
2. Nations, Popular Sovereignty, and Recognition: Challenging the Indivisibility Assumption
Geneviève Nootens
3. Three Ways to Advance Democratic Practices: Regionalism, Nationalism and Federalism
Alain-G. Gagnon
Jean-François Grégoire
4. A Short Note on Language and Identity
Antoon Vandevelde
5. Recognition and Political Accommodation: from Regionalism to Secessionism -; The Catalan Case
Ferran Requejo
Marc Sanjaume
Part II: Redistribution in Multinational Federations
6. Federalism, Contractualism and Equality
Andrew Shorten
7. Federal Distributive Justice: Lessons from Canada
François Boucher
Jocelyn Maclure
8. Fiscal Federalism and Solidarity: In Search of an Ideal Formula
Philippe Van Parijs

Part III: Sources of Stability in Multinational Federations
9. If You Can't Trust Them, Join Them: Federalism and Trust in Divided Societies
David Robichaud
10. Federalism as Efficient Justice
Jean-François Grégoire
Michael Jewkes


Format: Edited volume - paperback

Size: 240 × 160 mm

246 pages

ISBN: 9789462700246

Publication: March 19, 2015

Languages: English

Stock item number: 96116

Jean-François Grégoire is PhD Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy of the KU Leuven.

Michael Jewkes is PhD Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy of the KU Leuven.

In sum, this volume provides readers with the insightful review of various challenges connected with the resurgence of substate national minority groups within contemporary multinational federations. The authors present in-depth theoretical analyses and empirical studies that examine problems concerning actual multinational states including Canada, Belgium, Spain, and the UK. The methodological and theoretical frameworks contain several drawbacks but these drawbacks do not reduce the general cognitive value of the book. In fact, they expose difficulties that have to be overcome in future studies. Hence, the work is highly recommendable because it offers inspiring and innovative approaches toward multinational states' problems.
Joanna Rak, Publius, vol 45, no 4, October 2015

Deze bundel is ontstaan naar aanleiding van een workshop aan de KU Leuven in mei 2013, en bevat bijdragen van diverse vooraanstaande rechtswetenschappers en politicologen. Centraal staan -; zoals de titel al aangeeft -; erkenning en herverdeling in multinationale federaties, en de bundel bestaat uit drie delen.
Het eerste deel bespreekt de erkenning in federale systemen van nationale en regionale groepen op substatelijk niveau. Onderwerpen die aan de orde komen zijn bijvoorbeeld non-territoriale rechtsmacht, de vormen en implicaties van institutionele erkenning, democratisering in een multinationale federatie en het belang van taal en identiteit en een bespreking van het geval van Catalonië. In deel twee van het boek staat de verdelende rechtvaardigheid centraal, met bijdragen over theorieën over 'federal contractualism' en gelijkheid, federale verdelende rechtvaardigheid in het Canadese systeem, en de interactie tussen fiscaal federalisme en solidariteit. Het boek sluit af met een derde deel waarin vertrouwen en rechtvaardigheid als basis
voor stabiliteit in multinationale federaties worden besproken.
SEW -; Tijdschrift voor Europees en economisch recht 2015-7/8