MMCP Publication: Diversity in Action: Local Public Management of Multi-Ethnic Communities


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MMCP Publication: Diversity in Action: Local Public
Management of Multi-Ethnic Communities


The LGI Managing Multiethnic Communities Project (MMCP) is pleased to
announce a forthcoming publication (for order information, please,
check the end of this message):
 
"Diversity in Action: Local Public Management of Multi-Ethnic
Communities In Central and Eastern Europe" (March 2001)
 
Edited by Anna-Maria Biro and Petra Kovacs
 
"Diversity in Action" offers both theoretical and policy-oriented
perspectives on local management of ethnically heterogenous
communities throughout the Central-European region.  The volume
highlights challenges and problems faced by ethnic minorities in the
areas of education, access to public services and media outlets,
public participation at the local level, linguistic rights and other
issues.  Policy recommendations intended to sensitize public
administration reform efforts to multi-ethnic issues are presented at
the end of each chapter.  The countries covered by the book are:
Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and
Ukraine.
 
BOOK REVIEWS
 
"As some people realize (and others not), the Central-Eastern European
region represents a specific culture in itself: a mixture of
post-communism and multi-ethnicity. The explosive nature of such a
cultural heritage has become clear with the dissolution of former
Yugoslavia. This excellent book considers democratic ways and forms of
dealing with this threatening legacy. I would recommend it to
scholars, policy-makers, teachers, civil servants and activists not
only from countries of the region but also from the West."
 
- Martin Potucek, President, Network of Institutions and Schools of
Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee)
 
"The editors of this compilation rightly assert that a systemic
response is required in order to move forward the institutional
transition towards deep-rooted and self-sustaining democracies in
Central and Eastern Europe. Reform of the professional and social
culture of public administration is key, especially at the local
level.
 
With particular emphasis on issues of cultural diversity, this book
provides an overview of contemporary European understandings of
diversity, including international standards, together with analysis
of country situations which will inform and shape the reader.  This
book should be widely circulated among and carefully studied by public
administrative authorities and civil servants throughout Central and
Eastern Europe and beyond. While constitutional and judicial
guarantees may offer ultimate protection for individuals within the
jurisdiction of the state, the practical reality is that both rights
and general respect is in the first place accorded (or not) by public
administration at the local level where the lives of ordinary persons
are affected - for better or worse - everyday. Good public
administration, delivered through professional and respectful civil
servants, is thus of critical importance. This book is a helpful tool
for interested authorities and concerned individuals in achieving this
end."
 
- John Packer, Director, Office of the OSCE High Commissioner on
National Minorities
 

TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
PREFACE
 
Anna-Mária Biró and Petra Kovács
Diversity in Action: Local Public Management of Multi-ethnic
Communities
 
PART ONE
 
THE CONTEXT: POLICAL, ADMINISTRATIVE AND LEGAL PERSPECTIVES
 
George Schöpflin
Minorities and Democracy
 
Tony Verheijen
Public Administration Reform: A Mixed Picture
 
Patrick Thornberry
An Unfinished Story of Minority Rights
 
Appendix A
Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities
 
Appendix B
Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National, Ethnic,
Religious or Linguistic Minorities
 
Appendix C
Lund Recommendations on the Effective Participation of National
Minorities in Public Life
 
PART TWO
 
THE PRACTICE: STRUCTURES, POLICIES AND MULTI-ETHNIC DYNAMICS
 
Elena Gyurova
Emerging Multi-ethnic Policies in Bulgaria: A Central-Local
Perspective
 
Laura Laubeova
The Fiction of Ethnic Homogeneity: Minorities in the Czech Republic
 
Jenő Kaltenbach
>From Paper to Practice: The Protection and Involvement of Minorities
in Governance
 
Piotr Bajda, Magdalena Syposz and Dariusz Wojakowski
Equality in Law, Equality in Fact: Minority Law and Practice in Poland
 
Jan Bucek
Responding to Diversity: Solutions at the Local Level in Slovakia
 
István Horváth and Alexandra Scacco
>From the Unitary to the Pluralistic: Fine-Tuning Minority Policy in
Romania
 
Viktor Stepanenko
A State to Build, A Nation to Form: Ethno-Policy in the Ukraine
 
PART THREE
GLOSSARY OF TERMS
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX OF TERMS
INDEX OF MINORITY GROUPS
 
HOW TO ORDER?
The book will be distributed primarily to schools of public
administration, local governments, NGOs, and international
organizations focusing on multi-ethnic polices.

If you would like to receive a copy of this volume, please send a
message to kovacsp@osi.hu.  In the subject heading, please write
"order diversity in action". Please indicate your mailing address
(name, institution, address, city, state, zip code) in the body of
your message.
 
Petra Kovacs
LGI Managing Multiethnic Communities Project
Hungary 1051
Budapest Nador u. 11
email: kovacsp@osi.hu
Tel: (361) 327.31.04 /ext 2316
Fax: (361) 327.31.05
http://lgi.osi.hu/ethnic

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