Taming the Archangel: an analysis of European involvement in the development of rights for the Hungarian minority in Romania Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Buell, Todd Allan
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
  • This thesis examines the role of European actors in the development of minority rights for the Hungarian minority in Romania. It focuses on the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Council of Europe (COE), and the European Union (EU). The paper studies the minority rights norms that each body has established and their means of enforcing these norms. The paper uses Milada Vachudova’s “active leverage” theory as a theoretical framework to argue that it was the prospect of European Union membership that motivated Romania to establish a liberal minority rights regime. As a concluding and comparative element, the paper examines the Republic of Georgia as an example of a country with a tense minority situation, but one where EU membership is unlikely in the near future. The comparison strengthens the argument that the prospect of EU membership helped manifest a liberal minority rights regime in Romania.
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  • Marks, Gary
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