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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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Reflections on Minority Rights Politics for East Central European Countries

Reflections on Minority Rights Politics for East Central European Countries

(p.186) 2.7 Reflections on Minority Rights Politics for East Central European Countries
Can Liberal Pluralism be Exported?

Panayote Dimitras

Nafsika Papanikolatos

Oxford University Press

Most East Central European (ECE) countries are very reluctant, if not hostile, to apply the liberal and democratic approach to ethnocultural diversity. This democratic process is immobilized by the transformation from one authoritarian model based on a socio-economic ideology to another authoritarian model based on the explosion of an aggressive nationalism of the majority versus minorities and neighbouring peoples. As long as ECE states continue to cultivate the myth of belonging to the founding historic nations, the evolution to ‘multination’ or ‘multicultural’ states to accommodate ethnocultural diversity will be viewed as tantamount to undermining the foundation of these nations.

Keywords:   East Central Europe, ethnocultural diversity, minority rights, minorities

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