Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

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Democratization and Ethnic Communities

The Democratization and Ethnic Minorities workshop has resulted in the following forthcoming publication:

Democratization and Ethnic Minorities Bertrand, Jacques and Oded Haklai (eds.) Under review at University of Pennsylvania Press.

Workshop  details
April 17 - 18, 2009
University of Toronto

  • Co-organizers: Oded Haklai (Queen's University) and Jacques Bertrand (University of Toronto)

Recent scholarship has demonstrated that democratization can be a parochializing process whereby the political salience of ethnicity increases considerably. Transitions to democracy frequently produce procedural, but not substantive, democracies that are characterized by majority dominance, in turn, raising questions about the status of minorities. What have been the experiences of minorities in cases of democratization? Under what conditions have minorities suffered during democratization and when have they benefited? How should minorities be accommodated in the process of regime transition? Under what conditions the sequential introduction of minority rights is a desirable strategy? What has been/should be the role of transitional factors and international institutions in ensuring that minority rights are preserved during this process?

At a time when promoting democratization constitutes the centerpiece of American foreign policy, studying the impact of regime transition on minorities is particularly significant.

This event was co-sponsored by the Asian Institute, University of Toronto