Europeanization of minority rights in Bulgaria : Turks of bulgaria as a case study

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2013
Vatansever Kutlay, Muzaffer
This thesis aims to find an answer to the following question: What are the shifts and continuities of Bulgaria’s minority policy over the last two decades and what is the impact of the EU, thereby Europeanization, in the process, if any? To answer to this question, three sub-periods (1989-1999, 1999-2007 and 2007-2012) are to be investigated separately to reveal the role of the EU in the process. In this context, this study develops a historical perspective on Bulgaria’s treatment of Turkish minority as a case study. The overall conclusion of this study is that the Europeanization of minority rights in Bulgaria has remained fragmented, restricted and limited. The findings of this study confirm other studies in the relevant literature in the sense that EU’s leverage on minority rights is rather limited and non-linear especially in comparison to other standardized policy areas.

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M. Vatansever Kutlay, “Europeanization of minority rights in Bulgaria : Turks of bulgaria as a case study ,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2013.