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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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Some Doubts About ‘Ethnocultural Justice’

Some Doubts About ‘Ethnocultural Justice’

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(p.171) 2.6 Some Doubts About ‘Ethnocultural Justice’
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Can Liberal Pluralism be Exported?
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Alexander Ossipov

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019924815X.003.0008

This paper presents some criticisms against Kymlicka’s ideas on ‘ethnocultural justice’. It argues that many of Kymlicka’s suggestions do not apply to the realities of the former Soviet Union, particularly Russia. It identifies fundamental problems to Kymlicka’s approach: that his basic assumptions are arbitrary and disputable, the internal logic seems contradictory, potential gains are overestimated, and some potentially undesirable effects are not considered.

Keywords:   ethnocultural justice, ethnic groups, group rights, minorities, statehood, autonomy

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