Cultural Autonomy of National Minorities in Estonia: The Erosion of a Promise

A1 Journal article (refereed)


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Publication Details

List of Authors: Mikko Lagerspetz
Publisher: Routledge
Place: London
Publication year: 2014
Journal: Journal of Baltic Studies
Journal acronym: JBS
Volume number: 45
Issue number: 4
Start page: 457
End page: 475
eISSN: 1751-7877


Abstract

After a debate lasting several years, Estonia enacted a law of non-territorial cultural autonomy for national minorities in 1993, echoing experiences from the country’s previous period of independence. In international discussion, the law was initially cited as a promising way of dealing with minority issues in Central and Eastern Europe. With time, however, its applicability in contemporary Estonia has been questioned; in practice, the law has failed to be implemented. This paper inspects possible reasons for its disuse, and argues that the law could still play a role in Estonia’s minority policies, especially with regard to education. The paper is based on an analysis of legislation, parliamentary records and media.


Keywords

cultural autonomy, Estonia, minorities, Russian speakers


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