Lessons for the EU
Edited by Francis Cheneval and Mónica Ferrin
Chapter 8: Nation-building process versus community claims: taking stock of analysed examples of unitary states
The chapter takes a comparative perspective on citizenship in the unitary states Czechia, Estonia and Turkey. It takes a look at minority issues in societies that are not ethnically homogeneous, have or have had politically relevant ethnic or national minorities, and did not opt for a multilevel political system with institutions of minority representation. The role of history is taken into consideration to explain the obstacles that have prevented a multilevel polity from emerging. The specific claims of the recent minorities are compared. The potential barriers for execution of fully-fledged civic participation is discussed, not only in order to understand common features and differences within the three cases, but especially for the sake of drawing relevant lessons for the EU.
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