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Unpacking the Roma participation puzzle: Presence, voice and influence

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posted on 30.07.2018 by Aidan McGarry, Timofey Agarin
The idea that Roma communities need to be included in public life is rather uncontroversial, widely accepted by Roma activists, academics and policy-makers in national and transnational political contexts. But, what do we mean by participation? Are we talking about formal political structures or do we refer to the capacity of ordinary Roma to have a presence in public life? The right to participation for minorities is specified by international norms but is interpreted differently in national contexts. Nevertheless, participation alone is not enough, thus minorities require ‘effective’ participation given that the utilitarian principles of liberal democracy means that groups such as Roma will always be outvoted. This article is based on the conviction that addressing the multiple and inter-connected issues facing Roma communities across Europe requires the participation of Roma in social, economic and political life. Whilst the article acknowledges the structural barriers which inhibit attempts to foster the integration of Roma communities, it does consider different conceptions of political participation including presence, voice and influence and how these are understood by the European Union and its member states with regards to Roma.

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  • Loughborough University London

Published in

Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

Volume

40

Issue

12

Pages

1972 - 1990

Citation

MCGARRY, A. and AGARIN, T., 2014. Unpacking the Roma participation puzzle: Presence, voice and influence. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 40 (12), pp.1972-1990.

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© Taylor & Francis

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2014

Notes

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies on 20 March 2014, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/1369183X.2014.897599.

ISSN

1369-183X

eISSN

1469-9451

Language

en

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