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Managing Diversity through Non-Territorial AutonomyAssessing Advantages, Deficiencies, and Risks$
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Tove H. Malloy, Alexander Osipov, and Balázs Vizi

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198738459

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198738459.001.0001

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Minority Self-Governments in Hungary— a Special Model of NTA?

Minority Self-Governments in Hungary— a Special Model of NTA?

(p.31) 2 Minority Self-Governments in Hungary— a Special Model of NTA?
Managing Diversity through Non-Territorial Autonomy

Balázs Vizi

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The chapter offers an overview of the historical development and ideological background of the idea of minority autonomy arrangements in Hungary. Minorities in Hungary—except for the Roma—are small and largely assimilated. The adoption of a specific law on minority rights was a unique development in Central and Eastern Europe. The law created a special system of ‘minority self-governments’ both at local and at national levels, offering a directly elected representative structure with some autonomous competencies. Various problems emerged regarding the electoral procedures of these bodies and the respect for the free choice of identity. After 2010 a new constitution and a new law were adopted, making attempts to offer better guarantees, but leaving unchanged the system of minority autonomies. The chapter gives a critical evaluation of the new legal regulation and the experiences of the past twenty years of minority autonomy arrangements.

Keywords:   autonomy, minority representation, minority self-government, Roma

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