Author Biography

Dr Nicolas Pirsoul is a sessional lecturer at the Australian Catholic University. His research interests include the fields of multicultural politics, deliberative democracy, political Islam, Middle Eastern politics, and indigenous politics.


This article establishes theoretical and practical distinctions between the theory of recognition and liberal multiculturalism. Five potential issues with multicultural policies are identified. The article argues that an increase in deliberative practices could solve many pitfalls of liberal multicultural policies and highlights how a “deliberative turn” could reconcile identity-related policies with the philosophical roots of the theory of recognition. The paper also highlights some challenges arising from a deliberative approach to recognition.