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Can Liberal Pluralism be Exported?Western Political Theory and Ethnic Relations in Eastern Europe$
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Will Kymlicka and Magda Opalski

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199248155

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2005

DOI: 10.1093/019924815X.001.0001

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Reply and Conclusion

Reply and Conclusion

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Can Liberal Pluralism be Exported?
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DOI:10.1093/019924815X.003.0018

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.

Keywords:   ethnic relations, liberal pluralism, minority rights, minorities, territorial autonomy, nationalism

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