Can Liberal Pluralism be Exported?: Western Political Theory and Ethnic Relations in Eastern Europe
Will Kymlicka, Magda Opalski
OUP Oxford, Jan 17, 2002 - Political Science - 458 pages
Many post-communist countries in Central/Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union are being encouraged and indeed pressured by Western countries to improve their treatment of ethnic and national minorities, and to adopt Western models of minority rights. But what are these Western models, and will they work in Eastern Europe? In the first half of this volume, Will Kymlicka describes a model of 'liberal pluralism' which has gradually emerged in most Western democracies, and discusses what would be involved in adopting it in Eastern Europe. This is followed by 15 commentaries from people actively involved in minority rights issues in the region, as practitioners or academics, and by Kymlicka's reply. This volume will be of interest to anyone concerned with ethnic conflict in Eastern Europe, and with the more general question of whether Western liberal values can or should be promoted in the rest of the world.
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Western Political Theory and Ethnic Relations in Eastern Europe
1 Liberal Pluralism and PostCommunism
2 Rethinking the State Minorities and National Security
3 On the Chances of Ethnocultural Justice in East Central Europe
4 NationStates and Immigrant Societies
5 New Democracies in the Old World
9 Nation Building and Beyond
10 Ethnocultural Justice in East European States and the Case of the Czech Roma
Applying Kymlickas Models to Estonia and Latvia
Scrutinizing National Minority Rights in Romania
13 Perspectives on a LiberalPluralist Approach to Ethnic Minorities in Ukraine
14 Can Will Kymlicka Be Exported to Russia?
The Case of Uzbekistan
Reply and Conclusion
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