Reply and Conclusion
This paper presents Will Kymlicka’s response to the commentaries on his paper on ethnic relations. It addresses four general concerns on liberal pluralism: the role of elites in defining and manipulating minority claims, the problem of intolerant minorities, the relative priority of democratic consolidations vis-a-vis minority rights, and the appropriateness of territorial autonomy. It is argued that in the absence of external pressure, prospects are bleak for significant progress in ethnic relations in Eastern and Central European countries. The roles of international organizations are discussed, and general reflections on the role of East-West and Old World-New World comparisons in the area of nationalism and minority rights are presented.
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