MINELRES: Update on JEMIE Special Electronic Symposium: Will Kymlicka and Exporting Liberal Pluralism

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JEMIE Special Electronic Symposium: Will Kymlicka and Exporting Liberal
Pluralism: Western Political Theory and Ethnic Relations in Eastern


Are Western models of multiculturalism and minority rights relevant for
the post-Communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe? Taking the
theories of Will Kymlicka as a starting point, this electronic symposium
analyses the suitability of exporting Western models of liberal
democracy to the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). In an
introductory essay, Professor Kymlicka explores the social and political
conditions that have led to the adoption of such models in the West and
considers the various factors which might make their adoption difficult
in CEE. In addition, he examines the potential role that the
international community can play in overcoming these obstacles. 

This Special Focus aims to generate further debate on this timely issue.
Further commentary and criticism has been solicited from a number of
leading academics and practitioners across Europe - East and West - and
the Editors encourage further debate especially from younger academics
and practitioners. 

Introductory Essay
Will Kymlicka
Multiculturalism and Minority Rights: West and East
Stephen Deets
Liberal Pluralism: Does the West Have Any to Export?

Miodrag A. Jovanovic
Territorial Autonomy in Eastern Europe - Legacies of the Past

Andre Liebich
Canadian, Eh?

Walter Kemp
Applying the Nationality Principle: Handle with Care

Gaetano Pentassuglia
Minority Rights and the Role of Law: Reflections on Themes of Discourse
in Kymlicka's Approach to Ethnocultural Identity

Anita Inder Singh
Minorities, Justice and Security in Post-Communist Europe: Continuing
the Debate with Will Kymlicka

Stefan Wolff
Beyond Ethnic politics in Central and Eastern Europe