Political Participation of Minorities: A Commentary on International Standards and Practice

Hardcover | March 18, 2010

EditorMarc Weller, Katherine Nobbs

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This Commentary provides the reader with a review of international standards and practice relating to the political participation of minorities. Political participation has been increasingly recognized as a foundational issue in the debate about minority rights. It is argued that minoritiesare more likely to feel co-ownership in the state if they have the opportunity to participate freely and effectively in all aspects of its governance, and that sustained and meaningful engagement will guard against the sense of alienation and exclusion among minorities that often emerges inethnically divided societies.Taking as its starting point the two most important standard-setting documents in the field - the Lund Recommendations on the Effective Participation of National Minorities in Public Life, developed by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and the Council of Europe's ThematicCommentary on the Issue of Political Participation of Minorities - the Commentary locates the international legal entitlement to political participation within the wider context of the right to democratic governance. It also considers effective participation in relation to the right to full andeffective equality, as well as the legal entrenchment of these provisions and implementation mechanisms. Individual chapters then consider each of the principal mechanisms aimed at enhancing political participation, ranging from procedures covering minority representation in political institutionsto consultative mechanisms and autonomy solutions. The Commentary draws on a team of experts, all of whom are recognized authorities in this specialized area of minority issues.

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This Commentary provides the reader with a review of international standards and practice relating to the political participation of minorities. Political participation has been increasingly recognized as a foundational issue in the debate about minority rights. It is argued that minoritiesare more likely to feel co-ownership in the st...

Marc Weller is Reader in International Law and International Relations at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Hughes Hall and the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law. From 2000-2009 he served as Director of the European Centre for Minority Issues. His principal publications include Contested Statehood (Oxford University ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:795 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:March 18, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionMarc Weller: Democratic Governance and Minority Political Participation: Emerging Legal Standards and PracticePart I: General Issues1. Andreas Wimmer, Lars-Erik Cederman and Brian Min: Ethnic Diversity, Political Exclusion and Armed Conflict: A Quantitative Analysis of a Global Dataset2. John McGarry: Ethnic Democracies3. Annelies Verstichel: Understanding Minority Participation and Representation and the Issue of Citizenship4. John Packer: Minority Participation and State Design5. Zdenka Machnyikova and Lanna Hollo: The Principle of Full and Effective Equality and Political Participation6. Karen Bird: Gendering Minority Participation in Public LifePart II. Legal Frameworks7. Steven Wheatley: Minorities, Political Participation and Democratic Governance under the European Convention on Human Rights8. Josef Marko: The Council of Europe Framework Convention on the Protection of National Minorities and the Advisory Committee Thematic Comment9. Krzysztof Drzewicki: The OSCE Lund Recommendations in the Practice of the High Commissioner on National Minorities10. Ilona Alexander: Effective Participation by Minorities: UN Standards and Practice11. Andraz A. Melansek: Universal and European standards of Political Participation of Minorities12. Luis Rodriguez-Pinero: Political Participation Systems Applicable to Indigenous RightsPart III. Representation13. Brendan O'Leary: Electoral Systems Design14. Oleh Protsyk: Making Effective Use of Parliamentary Representation15. Florian Bieber: Executive Power-sharing16. Francesco Palermo: At the Heart of Participation and its Dilemmas: Minorities in the Executive Structures17. Fernand de Varennes: Political Participation and Power-sharing in Ethnic Peace SettlementsPart IV: Consultation and Special Issue Participation18. Marc Weller: Minority Consultative Mechanisms: Towards Best Practice19. Eva Sobotka: Special Contact Mechanisms on Roma20. Kristin Henrard: Participation in Social and Economic Life21. Katherine Nobbs: Benchmarking: International Standards for Minority Participation in the JudiciaryPart IV: Minority Self-governance22. Yash Ghai: Federalism, Regionalism and Asymmetrical Autonomy23. Ephraim Nimni: Cultural Minority Self-governance24. Bill Bowring: Enhanced Local Self-government as a Means of Enhancing Minority Governance25. Peter Vermeersch: Minority Associations: Issues of Representation, Internal Democracy and LegitimacyPart V: Implementation Issues26. Emma Lantschner: Minority Participation in Bilateral and International Reporting and Monitoring Processes27. Alain Chablais: Legislative Entrenchments and Implementation Remedies