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Participation of National Minorities in Decision Making in Slovakia

Participation of National Minorities in Decision Making in Slovakia Kálmán Petőcz * Participation of National Minorities in Decision Making in Slovakia I. Introduction Th e goal of this article is to analyze the minority policies of the Slovak Republic from the viewpoint of the enforcement of the right of persons belonging to national minori- ties to eff ective participation in decision making in matters aff ecting their identity. Th is right is embedded in both the constitution of the Slovak Republic and Article  of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities of the Council of Europe (hereinafter “Framework Convention”), to which Slovakia is a party. Th e importance of the right to participation in assuring real equality bet ween citi- zens of diff erent ethnic-national origin is emphasized by the Framework Convention. Surprisingly little attention has been paid to the implementation of this right in Slovakia, by either analysts or politicians or by international monitoring bodies. In a democratic state that respects the principles of subsidiarity and devolution of powers, participatory mechanisms at local and regional level are usually more impor- tant for an ‘ordinary’ citizen than are national mechanisms. However, local and regional participatory mechanisms can be created or made eff ective only when http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online Brill

Participation of National Minorities in Decision Making in Slovakia

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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2211-6117
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10.1163/22116117-90001657
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Abstract

Kálmán Petőcz * Participation of National Minorities in Decision Making in Slovakia I. Introduction Th e goal of this article is to analyze the minority policies of the Slovak Republic from the viewpoint of the enforcement of the right of persons belonging to national minori- ties to eff ective participation in decision making in matters aff ecting their identity. Th is right is embedded in both the constitution of the Slovak Republic and Article  of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities of the Council of Europe (hereinafter “Framework Convention”), to which Slovakia is a party. Th e importance of the right to participation in assuring real equality bet ween citi- zens of diff erent ethnic-national origin is emphasized by the Framework Convention. Surprisingly little attention has been paid to the implementation of this right in Slovakia, by either analysts or politicians or by international monitoring bodies. In a democratic state that respects the principles of subsidiarity and devolution of powers, participatory mechanisms at local and regional level are usually more impor- tant for an ‘ordinary’ citizen than are national mechanisms. However, local and regional participatory mechanisms can be created or made eff ective only when

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European Yearbook of Minority Issues OnlineBrill

Published: Feb 9, 2010

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