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Political Rights Under Stress in 21st Century Europe$
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Wojciech Sadurski

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199296033

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296033.001.0001

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The Political Rights of National Minorities: Lessons from Central and Eastern Europe

The Political Rights of National Minorities: Lessons from Central and Eastern Europe

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(p.239) 6 The Political Rights of National Minorities: Lessons from Central and Eastern Europe
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Political Rights Under Stress in 21st Century Europe
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Gwendolyn Sasse

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296033.003.0007

This chapter places the issue of minority rights in the wider legal and theoretical context of rights and classifies them as political rights. Drawing on the experience of Central and Eastern Europe, it then analyses the politics involved regarding the rights of national minorities. Constitutionally enshrined rights are both a traditional safeguard against the arbitrary use of power and the foundation for participation in a polity. Rights that are enforceable reflect the values on which a political system is founded. The notion of rights has become more elaborate and differentiated over time. In T. H. Marshall's classic study ‘Citizenship and Social Class’, social rights were not necessarily tied to citizenship, a political and economic reality that still holds today.

Keywords:   minority rights, political rights, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, T. H. Marshall, social rights, politics, citizenship, national minorities

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