Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

Ethnicity and Democratic Governance (EDG) is a five-year Major Collaborative Research Initiative funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. It is headquarted at , in close association with the University of Toronto and the Université du Québec à Montréal. The project began in January 2006 under the direction of Professor Emeritus of Political Studies Bruce Berman of Queen's University . The research team includes collaborators from seven countries in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, representing disciplines ranging from political science and law to philosophy and anthropology.

The project's central research question is "How can societies respond to the opportunities and challenges raised by ethnic, linguistic, religious, and cultural differences, and do so in ways that promote democracy, social justice, peace and stability?"

Research team
The project has 32 academic team members from 19 universities and research institutions, and more than 100 graduate students. Five of its members (Jane Boulden, Alain Gagnon, Villia Jefremovas, Will Kymlicka and John McGarry) are Canada Research Chairs.
Advisory Committee
EDG's advisory committee is composed of five internationally prominent academics and public intellectuals: Gérard Bouchard, Lyse Doucet, John Lonsdale, James Tully, and Michel Venne.
Partners and Stakeholders
The project has several partner organizations including the Forum of Federations, the Club de Madrid, and Rights and Democracy, as well as government 'stakeholders' such as the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Foreign Affairs Canada.

Members of the project have produced a wide variety of publications since it began, including a symposium titled "Constitutionalism in divided societies" in the International Journal of Constitutional Law, and a related book published by Oxford University Press.. In conjunction with Rights and Democracy, the project has also published a freely available set of policy papers titled Governing Diversity - Democratic Solutions in Multicultural Societies.


Immigration, Minorities and Multiculturalism in Democracies

In October 2007, EDG organized a major academic conference titled "Immigration, Minorities and Multiculturalism in Democracies" in Montreal. The conference had more than 200 participants, some of whom were interviewed for the Radio Canada International program The Link.
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