Elective course; Cross-listed from Romani Studies Program
Over the last twenty-five years, numerous policy initiatives have been launched to address the situation of Europe's Roma. Despite the increasing number of policy measures and initiatives targeting the Roma in Europe, their position in terms of socio-economic indicators has continued to worsen. This condition embodies a policy paradox that requires answers from policymakers, activists and academics.
This course frames understanding of the limited impact of these policies through reference to their failure to take into consideration the crucial importance of Romani ethnic identity as a causal factor. Using critical social theories - critical race theory, policy design theory, feminist theories, etc. - the course analyses the way policymaking towards Roma in Europe accommodated Roma ethnic identity. The focus will be on the EU Framework for Roma Integration, but past policies towards Roma in Europe in the last 25 years will also be analyzed.