Group rights are part of the grammar of contemporary constitutional politics. In divided societies, in which ethnicity serves as the principal basis of political mobilization, ethnic groups—especially ethnic minorities—assert a range of group rights directly, or as the underlying root of a range of public policies. It is claimed that there are group rights to separate educational and social institutions, to federal subunits in which ethnic groups exclusively wield or dominate the exercise of political power, and to land and resources. Group rights are the basis...
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