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Beyond a State-centric Perspective on Norm Change: A Multilevel Governance Analysis of the Retreat from Multiculturalism

Beyond a State-centric Perspective on Norm Change: A Multilevel Governance Analysis of the... Global Governance 21 (2015), 317–336 Beyond a State-centric Perspective on Norm Change: A Multilevel Governance Analysis of the Retreat from Multiculturalism Laura Reidel This article argues that constructivist literature on norm diffusion could benefit from using a multilevel governance perspective. The case study is a retreat from the multicultural approach to governing state-minority rela- tions in liberal democratic states, focusing on Canada and the Netherlands. It argues that, although actors at the national level may be retreating from the norms underlying this multicultural approach, this is not true of the substate and suprastate levels. Instead, in both countries, there is evidence of work at these levels to maintain these norms. KEYWORDS: multicultural- ism, multilevel governance, Canada, the Netherlands. IN THIS ARTICLE I ARGUE THAT EXISTING CONSTRUCTIVIST LITERATURE ON NORM diffusion relies too heavily on examinations of the national level of gover- nance to gauge norm diffusion, and would benefit from incorporating a multilevel governance perspective. I take the retreat from the multicultural approach to governing state-minority relations and its underlying norms as a case study, focusing on Canada and the Netherlands. This is an example of a norm that has been influential on liberal democratic states, and is deeply http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

Beyond a State-centric Perspective on Norm Change: A Multilevel Governance Analysis of the Retreat from Multiculturalism

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1075-2846
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1942-6720
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10.1163/19426720-02102008
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Global Governance 21 (2015), 317–336 Beyond a State-centric Perspective on Norm Change: A Multilevel Governance Analysis of the Retreat from Multiculturalism Laura Reidel This article argues that constructivist literature on norm diffusion could benefit from using a multilevel governance perspective. The case study is a retreat from the multicultural approach to governing state-minority rela- tions in liberal democratic states, focusing on Canada and the Netherlands. It argues that, although actors at the national level may be retreating from the norms underlying this multicultural approach, this is not true of the substate and suprastate levels. Instead, in both countries, there is evidence of work at these levels to maintain these norms. KEYWORDS: multicultural- ism, multilevel governance, Canada, the Netherlands. IN THIS ARTICLE I ARGUE THAT EXISTING CONSTRUCTIVIST LITERATURE ON NORM diffusion relies too heavily on examinations of the national level of gover- nance to gauge norm diffusion, and would benefit from incorporating a multilevel governance perspective. I take the retreat from the multicultural approach to governing state-minority relations and its underlying norms as a case study, focusing on Canada and the Netherlands. This is an example of a norm that has been influential on liberal democratic states, and is deeply

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Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 19, 2015

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