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Minority Consultative Mechanisms: Towards Best Practices

Minority Consultative Mechanisms: Towards Best Practices Marc Weller * Minority Consultative Mechanisms: Towards Best Practices Th e understanding of the right to eff ective participation of persons belonging to national minorities in public aff airs has developed signifi cantly over the past few years. Th ere have been four phases in this development. Initially, minority participation was mainly conceived as an inward-looking entitlement of a group. It was understood in the sense of minority self-government, either by way of cultural autonomy or possi- bly even through elements of territorial autonomy—a non-dominant group would be given a space, either in terms of subject-matter jurisdiction or geographically, where it could dominate the one or other layer of decision making. Th is understanding meant that the issue of minority participation often came loaded with undesirable ballast. Th e concerns of government that often accompany debates about autonomy became entangled with this issue as well. A second phase in the development of the concept of minority participation is refl ected in the wording adopted in several international standards, referring to par- ticipation of minorities in relation to ‘areas where they live’ or ‘matters or particular concern to them’. Th is language goes beyond minority self-governance. It accepts that minorities http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online Brill

Minority Consultative Mechanisms: Towards Best Practices

European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online , Volume 7 (1): 23 – Feb 9, 2010

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Marc Weller * Minority Consultative Mechanisms: Towards Best Practices Th e understanding of the right to eff ective participation of persons belonging to national minorities in public aff airs has developed signifi cantly over the past few years. Th ere have been four phases in this development. Initially, minority participation was mainly conceived as an inward-looking entitlement of a group. It was understood in the sense of minority self-government, either by way of cultural autonomy or possi- bly even through elements of territorial autonomy—a non-dominant group would be given a space, either in terms of subject-matter jurisdiction or geographically, where it could dominate the one or other layer of decision making. Th is understanding meant that the issue of minority participation often came loaded with undesirable ballast. Th e concerns of government that often accompany debates about autonomy became entangled with this issue as well. A second phase in the development of the concept of minority participation is refl ected in the wording adopted in several international standards, referring to par- ticipation of minorities in relation to ‘areas where they live’ or ‘matters or particular concern to them’. Th is language goes beyond minority self-governance. It accepts that minorities

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Published: Feb 9, 2010

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