Cover Osteuropa 11/2007

In Osteuropa 11/2007

Ethnic Minorities in Parliament
Representation in East European Comparison

Michael Edinger, Mindaugas Kuklys

Deutsche Fassung


Ethnic minorities are represented in many parliaments in East Central and Eastern Europe. The extent and type of representation vary from state to state and have changed considerably since 1989. In addition to a minority's share of an overall population, citizenship, laws governing political parties, and the electoral system influence the possibilities for parliamentary recruitment and representation. Bulgaria, Slovakia, and Romania have accomplished an exceptional degree of integration. There, the minority parties have become acceptable coalition parties and have provided ministers for various cabinets.

(Osteuropa 11/2007, pp. 163–176)