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14-09-2010

ECMI participated in the 106th Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association in Washington DC, September 2-5, 2010

The social inclusiveness of minority representation was the theme of a paper delivered by Dr. Oleh Protsyk at the 106th APSA Annual Meeting, “The Politics of Hard Times: Citizens, Nations, and the International System under Economic Stress.” As has long been established in the literature, parliaments are highly skewed in term of social representation. They draw disproportionally from better-educated, more affluent, middle-aged, and male sections of society. Dr. Protsyk’s paper argues that ethnic minority parties might face even stronger challenges in terms of ensuring the social inclusiveness of their leadership ranks than mainstream political parties. When the profile of minority representatives in national legislatures does not even approximately resemble the profiles of the communities they represent, the legitimacy of the ethnic minority party as a community representative can suffer. While recent scholarship on ethnic politics emphasizes the constructive role that minority parties play in terms of increasing stability of democratic transition, this paper points to the social costs that can result from monopolization of representation by an ethnic party.
Dr. Protsyk’s paper is a product of ECMI’s on-going research on the legislative representation of minorities in the post-communist world.

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Place and Date: Washington, DC, 02-05 Sept 2010
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