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Reflections on Minority Rights Politics for East Central European Countries

Panayote Dimitras and Nafsika Papanikolatos

in Can Liberal Pluralism be Exported?

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780199248155
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602955 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019924815X.003.0009
 Reflections on Minority Rights Politics for East Central European Countries

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Most East Central European (ECE) countries are very reluctant, if not hostile, to apply the liberal and democratic approach to ethnocultural diversity. This democratic process is immobilized by the transformation from one authoritarian model based on a socio-economic ideology to another authoritarian model based on the explosion of an aggressive nationalism of the majority versus minorities and neighbouring peoples. As long as ECE states continue to cultivate the myth of belonging to the founding historic nations, the evolution to ‘multination’ or ‘multicultural’ states to accommodate ethnocultural diversity will be viewed as tantamount to undermining the foundation of these nations.

Keywords: East Central Europe; ethnocultural diversity; minority rights; minorities

Chapter.  5599 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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