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At a time when nationalist movements are forcefully looking for new forms of political institutional and constitutional accommodation if not seeking independence altogether insight into their dynamics is more useful than ever. In The Parliaments of Autonomous Nations Guy Laforest and Andr Lecours assemble an original perspective on minority nations in Belgium Canada Spain and the United Kingdom. Analyzing how parliaments in Flanders Quebec Catalonia Galicia the Basque Country Scotland and Northern Ireland have worked to build con- solidate and express their identities manage and protect the cultural distinc- tiveness of their communities as well as articulate self-determination claims contributors provide insights into these nations democracies and traditions. Essays also focus on the central parliaments of multinational states and on the methods used by these parliaments to promote their own national identi- ties and respond to minority nations claims for recognition autonomy or even independence. An illuminating look at the internal forces of Western governments The Parliaments of Autonomous Nations also offers a broad view of vital concerns such as nationalist struggles federalism and parliamentarism. Guy Laforest is professor in the Department of Political Science at Universit Laval. Andr Lecours is professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. 2 3 M Q U P S P R I N G 2 0 1 6 S P E C I F I C AT I O N S Democracy Diversity and Citizen Engagement Series June 2016 978-0-7735-4740-7 34.95A 34.95A 23.99 paper 978-0-7735-4739-1 110.00S 110.00S 76.00 cloth 6 x 9 312pp 17 diagrams 13 tables Ebook available The Parliaments of Autonomous Nations edited by guy laforest and andr lecours How the parliaments of minority national communities and central parliaments express identities and treat self-determination claims. P O L I T I C A L S C I E N C E Democracy Diversity and Citizen Engagement Series series editor alain-g. gagnon With the twenty-rst century world struggling to address various forms of conict and new types of political and cultural claims the Democracy Diversity and Citizen Engagement Series revital- izes research in the elds of nationalism federalism and cos- mopolitanism and examines the interactions between ethnicity identity and politics. Works published in the Democracy Diver- sity and Citizen Engagement Series are concerned with the theme of representation of citizens and of interests and how these ideas are defended at local and global levels that are increasingly converging. Further the series advances and advocates new public policies and social projects with a view to creating change and accommodating diversity in its many expressions. In doing so the series instills democratic practices in meaningful new ways by studying key subjects such as the mobilization of citizens groups communities and nations and the advancement of social justice and political stability. Under the leadership of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Diversity and Democracy this series creates a forum where current research on democracy diversity and citizen engagement can be examined within the context of the study of nations as well as of nations divided by state frontiers. A N N O U N C I N G A N E W S E R I E S