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Can Liberal Pluralism be Exported?

Western Political Theory and Ethnic Relations in Eastern Europe

edited by Will Kymlicka & Magda Opalski

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list price: $86.50
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published: 2002

Many post-communist countries in Central/Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union are being encouraged and indeed pressured by Western countries to improve their treatment of ethnic and national minorities, and to adopt Western models of minority rights. But what are these Western models, and will they work in Eastern Europe? In the first half of this volume, Will Kymlicka describes a model of 'liberal pluralism' which has gradually emerged in most Western democracies, and discusses what would be involved in adopting it in Eastern Europe. This is followed by 15 commentaries from people actively involved in minority rights issues in the region, as practitioners or academics, and by Kymlicka's reply. This volume will be of interest to anyone concerned with ethnic conflict in Eastern Europe, and with the more general question of whether Western liberal values can or should be promoted in the rest of the world.

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Will Kymlicka is a Professor of Philosophy, Queen's University, Ontario. Magda Opalski is an Associate Professor, Institute of Soviet and East European Studies, Carlton University.

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