Ambiguous nationalism? Explaining the parliamentary under-representation of Roma in Hungary and Romania

MCGARRY, AIDAN (2009) Ambiguous nationalism? Explaining the parliamentary under-representation of Roma in Hungary and Romania Romani Studies, 19 (2). pp. 103-124. ISSN 1528-0748

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Abstract

This article explores why Roma are under-represented in the national assemblies of Central and Eastern European states, using Romani political parties in Hungary and Romania as case studies. Specifically, I ask whether the absence of a clearly defined conception of Roma nationalism at the national and transnational level accounts for the under-representation of Roma in the Hungarian and Romanian parliaments. This ambiguous nationalism stands in contrast to invocations of nationalism by other minorities in the region, notably the Turkish minority in Bulgaria and the Hungarian minority in Romania, whose electoral support is contiguous to their respective demographic weights. Both of these minorities link nationalism to specific cultural interests whereas the interests of Roma tend to relate to socio-economic and political factors. Whilst many factors conspire to impede the appropriate political representation of Roma across Central and Eastern Europe, this article seeks to shed light on the oft-neglected impact of Roma nationalism.

Item Type:Journal article
Additional Information:© 2010 Project MUSE (R). Produced by The Johns Hopkins University Press in collaboration with The Milton S. Eisenhower Library
Uncontrolled Keywords:Roma; nationalism; party politics; Hungary; Romania; representation
Subjects:L000 Social Sciences > L200 Politics
DOI (a stable link to the resource):10.1353/rms.0.0008; 10.3828/rs.2009.2
Faculties:Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Applied Social Science > Health and Social Policy Research Centre
ID Code:7598
Deposited By:Converis
Deposited On:30 Sep 2010 10:50
Last Modified:28 Jan 2014 11:59

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