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Building inter-ethnic bridges or promoting ethno-territorial demarcation lines? Hungarian minority parties in competition


Bochsler, Daniel; Szöcsik, Edina (2013). Building inter-ethnic bridges or promoting ethno-territorial demarcation lines? Hungarian minority parties in competition. Nationalities Papers, 41(5):761-779.

Abstract

Parties of ethnic minorities are flourishing in a large number of ethnically divided democracies. While academic research has studied their emergence and success, we know little about intra-group party competition. This paper discusses reasons for intra-group political plurality, with a focus on intra-party conflict and intragroup party competition: it explains the political orientation of ethnic minority parties and their intra-group challengers as a consequence of the inclusion of minority parties into government. The inclusion of minority parties into national governments produces an inherent conflict between pragmatic office-seekers and radical partisans. In minority parties that have governmental responsibilities, the pragmatist view overwhelms, whilst in those parties in opposition, radical voices dominate. The formation of two intra-Hungarian challenger parties in Romania and in Slovakia in 2007 and 2009 represent two very similar cases, which appear to be in line with our hypotheses.

Abstract

Parties of ethnic minorities are flourishing in a large number of ethnically divided democracies. While academic research has studied their emergence and success, we know little about intra-group party competition. This paper discusses reasons for intra-group political plurality, with a focus on intra-party conflict and intragroup party competition: it explains the political orientation of ethnic minority parties and their intra-group challengers as a consequence of the inclusion of minority parties into government. The inclusion of minority parties into national governments produces an inherent conflict between pragmatic office-seekers and radical partisans. In minority parties that have governmental responsibilities, the pragmatist view overwhelms, whilst in those parties in opposition, radical voices dominate. The formation of two intra-Hungarian challenger parties in Romania and in Slovakia in 2007 and 2009 represent two very similar cases, which appear to be in line with our hypotheses.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:09 Jan 2014 10:16
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:21
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0090-5992
Additional Information:This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in [include the complete citation information for the final version of the article as published in the Nationalities Papers copyright Taylor & Francis 2013, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00905992.2013.801411
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/00905992.2013.801411
Official URL:http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/00905992.2013.801411

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