Cost-Effectiveness of Existing Institutions for Minority Protection

The WP’s goal is the study of how actors (governments, local authorities, minority NGOs and analysts) raise the issue of effectiveness and of its measurement, what they are interested in and what kinds of solutions they put forward. The projects within the WP willcontribute to description, comparison and critical assessments of the ways efficiency and effectiveness of minority protection are looked upon and measured. The topic provides for an opportunity to see what exactly different actors expect of minority protection; it is also a chance to address distinction between symbolic and instrumental policies. The study must allow for collecting and disseminating information on the best ways to represent in public, measure and evaluate achievements in minority policies.


Research Task 1: Assessment and Measurement of Minority Policies Through International Norms and Standards.

The projects within this task seek to theorize and conceptualize policy indicators describing the legal and political adaptation of international minority provisions in states party to the corresponding instruments. The point of departure for the project is acknowledgement of the fact that indicators for measuring the performance of international human rights treaties are increasingly a requirement in the assessment of the impact of legal standards. The task comprises several projects.

  • FCNM Indicators for the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities
  • Bilateral Treaty Commissions


Research Task 2: Assessment and Measurement of Minority Policies at the National Level.

This task addresses procedures and criteria of minority policies evaluation at the national level. ECMI expects to invite interns, PhD students and guest scholars who conduct comparative studies on the ways and models the minority policies are assessed by actors involved (governmental agencies, minority organizations, mainstream politicians, academic analysts).

ECMI founders:

The German Federal GovernmentThe German
Federal Government
The Danish GovernmentThe Danish
The Federal State Schleswig-HolsteinThe Federal State