The European Yearbook of Minority Issues celebrating 10 years


Malloy, Tove H. and Joseph Marko (eds.), Minority Governance in and Beyond Europe. Celebrating 10 Years of the European Yearbook of Minority Issues. Leiden and Boston: Brill Nijhoff, 2014, 222 pp. An inside view by William McKinney, European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI). January 2015

This collection of articles is dedicated to the celebrating of the publication of ten volumes of the European Yearbook of Minority Issues (in the following: Yearbook) since the early 2000s. With the publication of this relatively slim, affordable edition, the co-editors have confirmed that they remain the foremost commentators in the field of minority issues. This is especially true in view of the fact that the co-editors had the unenviable task of selecting 10 articles from upwards of 250 expert academic articles that had been published in the Yearbook over the last years. The co-editors succeeded in selecting articles that taken as a whole are capable of increasing the reader’s understanding of how best to advance the minority protection regime in Europe. The contributions offered here deal with such cross-cutting themes as the theory of power-sharing in relation to ethnic conflict; the issue of ‘old’ and ‘new’ minorities; political participation of minorities; the development of language rights; and justification of minority protection, just to mention several examples.

The first Yearbook was published in 2003. In my view, the keys to the successful launch were first, that ECMI was able to find EURAC as a fully competent partner for this ambitious publishing venture.  The second requirement was that both ECMI and EURAC shared the vision of what the Yearbook should be, namely, a critical and timely review of contemporary developments of minority-majority relations in Europe, combining analysis, commentary and documentation in relation to conflict management, international legal developments and domestic legislation affecting minorities in Europe. The third key was that both ECMI and EURAC were willing to commit extensive amounts of time and resources towards implementation of the Yearbook. ECMI and EURAC were also able to find excellent, expert editorial staff for the hard work involved here.

This collection also includes a useful index, which is unfortunately missing in the Yearbooks published up to now.

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