Political participation and interest articulation of the Roma in Romania

McGarry, Aidan (2008) Political participation and interest articulation of the Roma in Romania Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe (JEMIE), 7 (1). pp. 1-25. ISSN 1617-5247

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Abstract

By examining processes of political participation and ethnic mobilisation, this article assesses how Roma create organising structures of representation which they use to articulate their shared interests. The utilitarian nature of the democratic system necessarily excludes the voice of minorities who must create their own representation structures to ensure their voice is heard. This article analyses the ability of the Romani community in Romania to articulate interests and assesses the legitimacy of their organising structures of representation. This article starts from the observation that Roma constitute a sizeable minority group in Romania yet they remain under-represented in public life. Following a brief outline of how representation relates to legitimacy, the analysis proceeds in two steps: Firstly, the shared interests of Roma in Romania are determined; secondly, the role and purpose of the three organising structures of representation (elites, ethnic political parties, and civil society organizations) are assessed. The respective legitimacy of these organising structures of representation is analysed in turn

Item Type:Journal article
Additional Information:© 2008 by European Centre for Minority Issues
Uncontrolled Keywords:Roma; Romania; Political Participation; Interests; Representation; Ethnic groups; ethnic relations; RACE relations; Romanies
Subjects:L000 Social Sciences > L200 Politics
Faculties:Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Applied Social Science > Health and Social Policy Research Centre
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ID Code:7595
Deposited By:editor sass
Deposited On:30 Sep 2010 10:51
Last Modified:08 Oct 2013 16:09

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