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Minority Accommodation through Territorial and Non-Territorial Autonomy

edited by: Tove H. Malloy, Francesco Palermo
published by: Oxford University Press
pp: 352
ISBN: 9780198746669
price: £ 60.00

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Minority Accommodation through Territorial and Non-Territorial Autonomy explores the relationship between minority, territory, and autonomy, and how it informs our understanding of non-territorial autonomy (NTA) as a strategy for accommodating ethno-cultural diversity in modern societies.
While territorial autonomy (TA) is defined by a claim to a certain territory, NTA does not assume that it is derived from any particular right to territory, allocated to groups that are dispersed among the majority while belonging to a certain self-identified notion of group identity. In seeking to understand the value of NTA as a public policy tool for social cohesion, this volume critically dissects the autonomy arrangements of both NTA and TA, and through a conceptual analysis and case-study examination of the two models, rethinks the viability of autonomy arrangements as institutions of diversity management.

  • Provides a coherent debate on the application of both territorial autonomy and non-territory autonomy
  • Examines and compares the use of territorial autonomy and nonterritorial autonomy in Eastern Europe, North and Latin America, and South Asia
  • Aids policy-makers in understanding the complexity of autonomy through a theoretical and practical discussion
  • Offers a broader perspective on autonomy through an historic overview of the practice

Table of Contents


Part I: Autonomy and Territory
1. Owned or Shared? Territorial Autonomy in the Minority Discourse, Francesco Palermo
2. Can Non-Territorial Autonomy bring an Added Value to Ethnic Politics?, Genevieve Nootens
3. Minorities and the Limits of Liberal Democracy: Demoicracy and Non Territorial Autonomy, Ephraim Nimni
4. Non-Territorial Autonomy: The Meaning of '(Non-)Territoriality', Markku Suksi

Part Two: Autonomy in History
5. Non-territorial Millets and Autonomy in the Ottoman Empire, Jan Erk
6. From Empire to Multilateral Player: The Deep Roots of Autonomy in Russia, Bill Bowring

Part Three: Territorial and Non-Territorial Autonomy in a Global Perspective
7. Non-Territorial Autonomy as Political Strategy in Eastern Europe, David Smith
8. Autonomy as Symbolic Production: the Case of Contemporary Russia, Alexander Osipov
9. Indigenous Autonomy in the Americas, Alexandra Xanthaki
10. Autonomy in South Asia: Evidence for the Emergence of a Regional Custom, Joshua Castellino

Conclusions, Karl Kossler


About the Author

Tove H. Malloy, Director, European Centre for Minority Issues

Tove H. Malloy is Director of the European Centre for Minority Issues in Flensburg, Germany, and Professor at the Europa-University Flensburg. She holds a PhD in political theory and specializes in the political and legal aspects of national and ethnic minority rights in international Law and international relations, especially in the European context. She is currently a member of the Advisory Committee on the European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, elected by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in respect of Denmark. She is the author of National Minority Rights in Europe (OUP, 2005) as well as several edited books and numerous articles. Her main research interests include minority citizenship, agonistic democracy, ethno-ecologism, minority indicators, and inter-sectional discrimination. In addition to her academic career, Malloy has served as a diplomat in the Danish Foreign Service.

Francesco Palermo, Director, Institute for Studies on Federalism and Regionalism, EURAC, Bolzano/Bozen

Francesco Palermo is Director of the Institute for Studies on Federalism and Regionalism at EURAC, Bolzano/Bozen, and Professor for Comparative Constitutional Law at the University of Verona. He holds a PhD in comparative constitutional law from the University of Innsbruck. He is currently the President of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention on the Protection of National Minorities of the Council of Europe and a Member of the Group of Independent Experts on the European Charter for Local Self-Government. He has been a Senior legal advisor to the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, an Adjunct Professor of EU Law at Vermont Law School, and a Visiting Professor in several European universities.


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