By Will Kymlicka

Many post-communist nations in Central/Eastern Europe and the previous Soviet Union are being inspired, certainly harassed, by way of Western international locations to enhance their therapy of ethnic and nationwide minorities and to undertake Western versions of minority rights. yet what are those Western types? Will they paintings in japanese Europe? right here, Will Kymlicka describes a version of Western "liberal pluralism," discussing what will be occupied with adopting it within the East. this can be by way of commentaries from activists fascinated by minority rights' concerns, either as practitioners and as teachers, and Kymlicka's replies to their analyses. guaranteed to curiosity somebody serious about ethnic clash, this quantity will spark dialogue between all these suffering over the query of even if Western liberal values can or may be promoted within the remainder of the realm.

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There are few, if any, examples of immigrant groups mobilizing behind secessionist movements, or nationalist political parties, or supporting revolutionary movements to overthrow elected governments. 23 So immigrants have not resisted majority nation-building campaigns to integrate them into the mainstream society. However, what immigrants have tried to do is to renegotiate the terms of integration. Will Kymlicka 33 Indeed, recent debates over 'multiculturalism' in immigrant countries are precisely debates over renegotiating the terms of integration.

For all these reasons, Western political theory may have relatively little to offer to people in ECE struggling with ethnic conflicts. Compared to the literature on civil rights, we have only the beginnings of a theoretical literature on ethnic relations. Moreover, this literature is attempting to theorize about a rapidly changing reality. Whereas support for the constitutional and judicial protection of individual civil rights has never been higher in Western democracies, there is no similar consensus about managing ethnic diversity, and indeed virtually every aspect of ethnic relations in the West is subject to controversy.

I do not think that Western political theorists have yet developed such a theory. One of the many unfortunate side-effects of the dominance of the 'ethnocultural neutrality' model of the liberal state is that liberal theorists have never explicitly confronted this question. Yet this is the key question we need to address. '. This is the context within which minority nationalism must be evaluated—that is, as a response to majority nation-building, using the same tools of nation-building, subject to the same liberal limits.

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