The Ties that Bind: Kymlicka and the Problem of Political Unity in Multination States


Abstract

As asserted by Will Kymlicka, the recognition and accommodation of national minorities leads to a dilemma. Indeed, if denying them these rights can contribute to their willingness to secede, allowing them to self-govern can also ultimately lead to the weakening of their ties with the state in which they are integrated. This tension well described in Kymlicka’s Multicultural Citizenship and in his later works remains nonetheless without an explicit solution. This text addresses this question by suggesting that the dialogical dynamic behind the recognition and accommodation of national minorities hides a purely political patriotism stemming from the neo-republican tradition that is complementary to the nationalist sense of attachment that members of national minorities will inevitably come to feel toward their societal culture.


Keywords

Will Kymlicka; political stability; multinational states; sense of attachment

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Caron, J.-F. (2021). The Ties that Bind: Kymlicka and the Problem of Political Unity in Multination States. Border and Regional Studies, 9(3), 105-127. https://doi.org/10.25167/brs4525

Jean-Francois Caron  jean-francois.caron@nu.edu.kz
Nazarbayev University; University of Opole  Kazakhstan
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0291-4474


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