Disenfranchisement in linguistically diverse societies : the case of the European Union

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dc.contributor.author Ginsburgh, V.
dc.contributor.author Ortuño, Ignacio
dc.contributor.author Weber, Shlomo
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-02T11:14:33Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-02T11:14:33Z
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitation Journal of the European Economic Association, 2005, v. 3, n. 4, pp. 946-96
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10016/5503
dc.description.abstract We consider a linguistically diversified society and examine the notion of language disenfran-chisement when some individuals are denied the full access to documents and political process in their native tongues. To calculate the disenfranchisement indices we use the Dyen percentage cognate matrix of linguistic distances between Indo-European languages and apply survey and population data on language proficiency in the European Union. We then determine optimal sets of official languages that depend on society's sensitivity against disenfranchisement and comprehensiveness of the chosen language regime. We also discuss the language situation in the European Union after its last enlargement.
dc.description.sponsorship We are grateful to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and Fundación BBVA for their financial support
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Wiley-Blackwell
dc.rights © European Economic Association
dc.subject.other Multilingüismo
dc.subject.other Unión Europea
dc.title Disenfranchisement in linguistically diverse societies : the case of the European Union
dc.type article
dc.type.review PeerReviewed
dc.description.status Publicado
dc.relation.publisherversion http://dx.doi.org/DOI:10.1162/1542476054430799
dc.subject.jel D70
dc.subject.jel O52
dc.subject.jel Z13
dc.subject.eciencia Economía
dc.identifier.doi 10.1162/1542476054430799
dc.rights.accessRights openAccess
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dc.identifier.publicationfirstpage 781
dc.identifier.publicationissue 4
dc.identifier.publicationlastpage 791
dc.identifier.publicationtitle Journal of the European Economic Association
dc.identifier.publicationvolume 3
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