Is multiculturalism dead in the United Kingdom?
For many years, the United Kingdom was viewed as a leader in multiculturalism policy. But recent statements by leading British politicians raise questions about their commitment to multiculturalism. In the current issue of Governance, Peter Taylor-Gooby of the University of Kent and Edmund Waite of the University of London ask whether there really is a retreat from earlier commitments among leading policymakers. “Concerns abut the divisive impact of multiculturalism are widely shared,” the authors acknowledge. But multiculturalism is far from dead. On the contrary, policymakers have shifted toward a more pragmatic approach toward accommodation, less reliant on top-down initiatives designed to reinforce the rights and identities of minorities. Read the article.