Participation, Representation and Identity

The Right of Persons Belonging to Minorities to Effective Participation in Public Affairs: Content, Justification and Limits

By Annelies Verstichel

As the world struggles with accommodation of diversity in a wide variety of situations, including armed struggles with sometimes transnational security dimensions, it is clear that ethnic, religious, and linguistic identity constitutes a reality which needs to be taken into account. This book offers a theory about the nature and essence of minority participation and representation, while describing possible problematic aspects which need to be taken into account. Moving from political theory and philosophy through positive international human rights law and practice to implementation and other manifestations in particular domestic situations, this doctoral thesis constitutes a handbook on the subject matter, bridging theory and practice. The book will be of interest to a wide audience of academics, practitioners, policy makers, NGOs, and to all those interested in diversity management and institutional design in societies that are divided along ethnic, linguistic, or religious lines. Dissertation.

769 pages

Publication Date: 12/31/2009
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9789050958400