This book proposes an innovative treatment of minority language policies, by looking at them as policy options that can be methodically evaluated. The author applies the analytical concepts and technical tools of policy analysis to guide the reader through a step-by-step application of notions such as effectiveness and cost-effectiveness, with particular reference to the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. The thrust of this book is deeply interdisciplinary, and links the evaluation exercise to sociolinguistic, political and legal considerations.
1 Topicality - Not all countries in Europe have signed up to the Charter as yet; it's a legislative tool with very broad implications
2 Topicality - Recent political upheaval and migration within Eastern
Europe and minority nationalist movements in countries in Western Europe put language planning and protection for minority languages high up the political agenda
3 Originality - This approach quite different from other books, as it stresses concepts from economics and social policy analysis rather than concepts of law and rights
4 First major analysis of the implementation of the Charter
5 Includes the full text of Charter, commentary, Flensburg recommendations and a selection of internet resources to enable reader to use the book as a self-contained resource
Preface and Acknowledgements
PART I: Core Issues and Concepts
Introduction and Overview
PART II: The European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages
The Charter: An Overview
Implementing the Charter: Organisational Issues
PART III: Application >From Legal Texts to 'Good Policy'
Costs and Cost-Effectiveness
A Walk-Through Example: Language Education Policy
Assessment and Perspectives
Appendices: The Text of the Charter; Explanatory Report on the Charter; The
Flensburg Recommendations; Selected Internet Resources
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
FRANÇOIS GRIN is Senior Lecturer at the University of Geneva and Adjunct
Director of the University of Geneva's Education Research Unit. He has served as the Deputy Director of the European Centre for Minority Issues in
Germany and taught in Canada and in the United States. He is the author of numerous publications in language and education policy evaluation.