Minority rights The principle of special rights for ethnic-cultural minorities in liberal democracies is controversial. Discuss political-theoretical arguments that can be used for and against the principle of special rights for ethnic-cultural minorities. Are there specific arguments and considerations you will find more heavier than others? Feel free to refer to examples – nationally and / or internationally. 1-Remember to keep references, both during the assignments and in your own reference list at the end. 2- It is important to create a good balance in the answer; avoid too long statements and make sure that there is sufficient space for the discussion that the assignments add up to! 3- You have to take examples and references from some of these books : Malnes, Raino & Knut Midgaard (2009): «Political thinking». 3rd edition. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget. Arblaster, Anthony (2002): «Democracy». 3rd edition. Buckingham: Open University Press. Smits, Katherine (2016): «Applying political theory: issues and debates. 2nd edition. Basingstoke: Palgrave. Held, David (1996): «Pluralism, Corporate Capitalism and the state», chapter 6. 2nd edition. Cambridge: Polity Press. Held, David (1996): «Competitive Elitism and the Technocratic Vision», chapter 5. 2nd edition. Cambridge: Polity Press. Weigård, Jarle & Erik Oddvar Eriksen (2004): «Deliberation and democracy», chapter 4. 2nd edition. Bergen: Fagbokforlaget. Hanssen, Gro Sandkjær (2004): «Minorities and democracy», chapter 6. 2nd edition. Bergen: Fagbokforlaget. 4-Technical requirements: font size 12, line spacing 1.5 and standard margin (2.5 cm).