The “Peoples’ Congresses” in Russia, Failure or Success : Authenticity and Efficiency of Minority Representation

Osipov, Alexander


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Dokumentart: Bericht / Forschungsbericht / Abhandlung
Institut: ECMI - European Centre for Minority Issues
Schriftenreihe: ECMI working paper // European Centre for Minority Issues = Working paper
Bandnummer: 48
ISBN: 1435-9812
Sprache: Englisch
Erstellungsjahr: 2011
Publikationsdatum: 11.06.2012
Originalveröffentlichung: (2011)
SWD-Schlagwörter: Selbstverwaltung , Autonomie , Legitimität , Nationale Minderheit , Politische Beteiligung
DDC-Sachgruppe: Politik
BK - Basisklassifikation: 71.63 (Minderheitenproblem), 89.35 (Demokratie), 89.31 (Staatslehre)
Sondersammelgebiete: 3.6 Politik und Friedensforschung

Kurzfassung auf Englisch:

This paper addresses the phenomenon of public fora which are designed to represent certain ethnic groups and are set up through popular vote. The academic and practical interest in such “congresses” results from the fact that over time it has been shown that these endeavors have: (1)proven to be viable and durable organization structures for about two decades; (2)secured flexibility in their establishment and functioning;(3) provided for mass participation in public discussions and voting; (4) avoided “identity trap” and most complexities related to setting qualifications and the selection of eligibility criteria for the participants; (5) been a bridge between minority activists and public authorities. At the same time, the real practical outcomes, the ability to act independently and visibility of the “congresses” on the political landscape are far from being obvious, and this raises questions about the reasons for such doubtful achievements and the very meaning of “representation” in such a context.

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