The europeanization of minority rights policy: the Hungarian and Latvian examples Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Wilson, Casey
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
  • The twentieth century has witnessed some of the most violent and extreme 'policies of elimination' towards minorities in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. However, it has also witnessed two major pan-European attempts towards tolerance and promotion of minority rights - one being the failed interwar League of Nations system and the other being the contemporary post-Cold War norms of the European Union, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and the Council of Europe. The purpose of this thesis is to examine this 'europeanization' of minority rights by specifically looking at its recent implementation and impact on minority rights issues in two Central and Eastern European countries with very different 'minority situations': Hungary and Latvia. What are the successes and limitations? How successful have these policies actually been in practice and will this positive trend last or has the leverage behind membership in Western institutions lost momentum now that these countries have become members? These are all questions I will address. By specifically looking at the case of Hungary, I will also argue that changes at the national level played an important role as a precondition for successful EU minority rights policy implementation. Alternatively, in discussing Latvia I intend to argue the opposite to be true - which is that in this specific case it was the requirement of EU minority rights policy adoption into national legislation that affected changes at the national level.
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