Deficits and Falacies of Liberal Democracy in the Light of Management of Diversity: the Case of Migration and Asylum Policies

Javier de Lucas


The legal instruments for migration and asylum policies implemented by the European Union and its member States as part of the New European Agenda on Migration introduced by the European Commission in May 2015 has turned out to be not only ineffective, but also highly questionable in what concerns their consistency with the protection of Human Rights, the principles of liberal democracy, and even with those of egalitarian liberalism. As the author sees it, the problem derives from the challenges posed by the management of cultural diversity (especially, deep diversity). Particularly, the demands made by migrants and asylum seekers cannot be met by using those instruments, which should be improved by means of the contributions made by the Politics of Recognition and Constitutional Pluralism.

Received: 25 July 2016
Accepted: 30 November 2016
Published online: 11 December 2017


human rights; European Union; migration and asylum policies; liberalism

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