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The Political Significance of the first National Gypsy Minority Self-Government (Orszagos Cigany Kisebbsegi ├ľnkormanyzat)

Author(s): Martin Kovats

Journal: Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe
ISSN 1617-5247

Volume: 2;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2001;
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Keywords: Roma | Hungary | self-government | political participation | minority representation

The paper examines the activities of the first National Gypsy Minority-Self-Government in Hungary (1995-8). It argues that, in respect of the Roma, Hungary's innovative system of minority representation is subject to conflicting tensions stemming both from the context of the disintegration of most Roma from the mainstream economy and society, as well as the competitiveness of nascent Roma political activity. The paper identifies a tendency towards unaccountable empire building and for the control of increasingly large sums of public money, resulting from structural problems of the system which need to be addressed if it is to be an effective and successful mechanism for minority representation.
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