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Ensuring a Voice for Minorities

Will Kymlicka

in Multicultural Citizenship

Published in print September 1996 | ISBN: 9780198290919
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599712 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198290918.003.0007

Series: Oxford Political Theory

 Ensuring a Voice for Minorities

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Addresses issues of political representation, particularly, proposals to guarantee seats in the central legislature for members of certain ethnic or national minority groups. It discusses some of the practical and theoretical difficulties raised by such proposals, and considers alternative ways of ensuring a voice for minorities in political decision‐making. It also discusses the tension between self‐government rights (demanding that power be delegated from central government to the minority community) and representative rights (demanding guaranteed representation for the community within central government).

Keywords: group rights; minority rights; political representation; self‐government

Chapter.  8343 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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