Political participation and interest articulation of the Roma in Romania

Aidan McGarry

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By examining processes of political participation and ethnic mobilisation, this article assesses how Roma create organising structures of representation which they use to articulate their shared interests. The utilitarian nature of the democratic system necessarily excludes the voice of minorities who must create their own representation structures to ensure their voice is heard. This article analyses the ability of the Romani community in Romania to articulate interests and assesses the legitimacy of their organising structures of representation. This article starts from the observation that Roma constitute a sizeable minority group in Romania yet they remain under-represented in public life. Following a brief outline of how representation relates to legitimacy, the analysis proceeds in two steps: Firstly, the shared interests of Roma in Romania are determined; secondly, the role and purpose of the three organising structures of representation (elites, ethnic political parties, and civil society organizations) are assessed. The respective legitimacy of these organising structures of representation is analysed in turn
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-25
Number of pages25
JournalJournal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe (JEMIE)
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008

Bibliographical note

© 2008 by European Centre for Minority Issues


  • Roma
  • Romania
  • Political Participation
  • Interests
  • Representation
  • Ethnic groups
  • ethnic relations
  • RACE relations
  • Romanies


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