Why Canadian Unity Matters and Why Americans Care: Democratic Pluralism at Risk - Charles F. DoranUniversity of Toronto Press, 2001, Paperback.
Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. A slightly dog-eared copy, notably to the wrappers. Text complete, clean and tight overall but with slight damp-wrinkling to the head and margins of the last few pages which affects the text to the notes and index mainly although entirely legible.
From the cover: “Why is Canadian unity important to democratic pluralism worldwide?
Democratic pluralism is a system which enables different cultural and language communities to find representation under a single set of democratic institutions, however configured. Although the liberal political tradition has tended to avoid cultural matters in attempting to eliminate longstanding inequalities, it has created in democratic pluralism a dialectic of culture and politics that addresses the theoretical and practical problems related to social diversity. Canadian democracy is widely regarded as a monument to the success of democratic pluralism in its capacity to provide dignity, freedom, opportunity, and prosperity to its citizens throughout the polity. In this book Charles Doran argues that the secession of Quebec would put these achievements at risk, raising the possibility that cultural-linguistic norms, not a mature liberal democracy, will fashion the kind of state that future generations will inherit.
Drawing on a variety of perspectives, Doran examines why Canadian unity is important not only to the United States but also to other liberal democracies around the world. In addition, he looks at the wider context of Quebec nationalism and the nature of the historical era that has shaped and conditioned the secessionist impulse.”