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Universal Thought, Eastern Facts: Scrutinizing National Minority Rights in Romania

Gabriel Andreescu

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.003.0014
 Universal Thought, Eastern Facts: Scrutinizing National Minority Rights in Romania

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This paper analyses minority rights in Romania. It argues that the costs of minority rights are not very high, and that many societies can pay them. Minority rights are often a matter of political will rather than cost; real limits exist only under circumstances of severe scarcity. This is true to a certain extent in Romania, and its main minorities — the Hungarians and the Roma. Although there is no real financial obstacle to solving the Hungarian demand for a Hungarian language state university, there are limits in promoting an affirmative action programme for the Roma.

Keywords: Romania; minority rights; multicultural diversity; Hungarians; Roma

Chapter.  4901 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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