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

Will Kymlicka and Magda Opalski


This book explores recent work by Western liberal theorists on ethnocultural pluralism, and shows Western liberals that conventional ways of distinguishing between ethnic relations in the East and West do not help in understanding or responding to ethnic conflicts in the post-Communist world. The book is divided into three parts. Part 1 presents a paper by Will Kymlicka entitled ‘Western Political Theory and Ethnic Relations in Eastern Europe’. Part 2 features 15 replies and commentaries on this paper, mostly by scholars and writers in Eastern Europe. Part 3 presents a reply by Kymlicka, which ... More

Keywords: Western political theory, liberal pluralism, ethnic relations, Eastern Europe, post-Communist, minority rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199248155
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2005 DOI:10.1093/019924815X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

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

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1 Western Political Theory and Ethnic Relations in Eastern Europe

Will Kymlicka

2 Commentaries

George Schöpflin Urszula Doroszewska Tibor Vàrady Michael Walzer Boris Tsilevich Alexander Ossipov Panayote Dimitras and Nafsika Papanikolatos Pål Kolstø János Kis Pavel Barša Vello Pettai Gabriel Andreescu Volodymyr Fesenko Magda Opalski Aleksander Djumaev

3 Reply and Conclusion

Will Kymlicka

Reply and Conclusion

Will Kymlicka

End Matter