Democracy, Ethnic Diversity, and Security in Post-Communist Europe

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Inder Singh examines why international organizations including the UN, OSCE, and Council of Europe advocated democratic governance, based on the rule of law and respect for human and minority rights, as the method by which states should try to accommodate their ethnically mixed populations. She discusses how realistic this advice has been, given the tension between the principle of the sovereignty of states and their international obligations, and the extent to which democratization had made for ethnic and political stability in post-communist Europe.

Inder Singh demonstrates that this advocacy of democracy to handle ethnic diversity questions the perception of nationalism as a cause of war and disorder. This pathbreaking study will be of appeal to academics and policy makers interested in how the management of ethnic diversity through democracy can enhance domestic and international security.

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First asking why, after the end of the cold war, the international community advocated democracy as the best way to manage ethnic diversity, Inder Singh (socio-legal studies, Oxford U.) then goes on to assess the extend to which ethnic diversity can be accommodated through political structures and ideologies, to consider the implications of democracy and self-determination for national sovereignty and international obligations in eastern Europe, and to ask whether international and domestic dimensions of democracy can be reconciled and whether the absence of war between Hungary and Russia can be explained by their domestic polities toward their Magyar or Russian minorities. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275972585
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/2001
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

ANITA INDER SINGH is a Fellow at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Wolfson College, Oxford.

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Table of Contents

1 Democracy, Ethnic Diversity and Post-Cold War Security: The Practical and Conceptual Dilemmas 1
2 Managing Ethnic Diversity Through Political Structures and Ideologies: The Experiences of the Soviet Union, India, Spain and Sri Lanka 27
3 Self-Determination, Democracy, Minorities and Sovereignty: The Issues Raised by the Collapse of Yugoslavia and the USSR 51
4 Reconciling the International and Domestic Dimensions of Democracy 69
5 On the Absence of War in the Former Communist Bloc: Magyar and Russian Minorities in Countries Neighboring Hungary and Russia 97
Conclusions 131
Selected Bibliography 147
Index 175
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