Can Liberal Pluralism be Exported?: Western Political Theory and Ethnic Relations in Eastern Europe

Paperback | February 1, 2002

EditorWill Kymlicka, Magda Opalski

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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 frompeople 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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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 f...

Will Kymlicka is a Professor of Philosophy, Queen's University, Ontario. Magda Opalski is an Associate Professor, Institute of Soviet and East European Studies, Carlton University.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:February 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Will Kymlicka and magda Opalski: IntroductionPart 1: A Western Political Theory and Ethnic Relations in Eastern EuropeWill Kymlicka: Part 2: Commentaries1. George Schopflin: Liberal Pluralism and Post-Communism2. Ursula Doroszewska: Rethinking the State and National Security in Eastern Europe3. Tibor Varady: On the Chances of Ethnocultural Justice in East-Central Europe4. Michael Walzer: Nation-States and Immigrant Societies5. Boris Tsilevich: New Democracies in the Old World6. Alexander Ossipov: Some Doubts about `Ethnocultural Justice7. Panayote Dimitras and Nafsika Papanikolatos: Reflections on Minority Rights Politics for East Central European Countries8. Pal Kolsto: Territorial Autonomy as a Minority Rights Regime in Post-Communist Countries9. Janos Kis: Nation-Building and Beyond10. Pavel Barsa: Ethnocultural Justice in East European States and the Case of the Czech Roma11. Vello Pettai: Definitions and Discourse: Applying Kymlickas Models to Estonia and Latvia12. Gabriel Andreescu: Universal Thought, Eastern Facts: Scrutinizing National Minority Rights in Romania13. Vladimir Fesenko: Perspectives on a Liberal-Pluralist Approach to Ethnic Minorities in Ukraine14. Magda Opalski: Can Liberal Nationalities Policy be Implemented in Post-Soviet Russia?15. Alexander Djumaev: Nation-Building, Culture and Problems of Ethnocultural Identity in Central Asia: The Case of UzbekistanPart 3. Reply and ConclusionWill Kymlicka: