Liberal Justifications for Ethnic Group Rights

Rainer Bauböck

in Multicultural Questions

Published in print October 1999 | ISBN: 9780198296102
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599583 | DOI:
 Liberal Justifications for Ethnic Group Rights

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The third question, Do Minorities Require Group Rights?, has provoked sharply opposite answers. Rainer Baubock presents four arguments for ethnic group rights, one based on historical boundaries, a second referring to past discrimination, a third and fourth insisting on the intrinsic values of membership and diversity, respectively. Baubock urges liberals to abandon their hostility to ethnic group rights on grounds of principle, while conceding that such rights are justifiable to some, but not all circumstances.

Keywords: collective disadvantage; diversity; historical boundaries; liberalism; membership

Chapter.  11927 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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