Managing Diversity through Non-Territorial Autonomy: Assessing Advantages, Deficiencies, and Risks

Hardcover | August 23, 2015

EditorTove H. Malloy, Alexander Osipov, Balazs Vizi

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Non-territorial autonomy (NTA) is a statecraft tool that is increasingly gaining importance in societies seeking to accommodate demands by ethno-cultural groups for a voice in cultural affairs important to the protection and preservation of their identity, such as language, education, andreligion. As states recognize the specific rights of identity minorities in multicultural and multi-ethnic societies, they are faced with a need to improve their diversity management regimes. NTA offers policy-makers a range of options for institutional design adaptable to specific circumstances andhistorical legacies. It devolves degrees of power through legal frameworks and institutions in specific areas of ethno-cultural life, while maintaining social unity at the core level of society. Throughout Europe and North America, NTA exists and is implemented at a state, regional, and local level.Much has been written about the concept of autonomy and its usage as a statecraft tool in states facing regional division, but little literature addresses its non-territorial institutional and public administration functions. This edited volume seeks to fill this gap. Managing Diversity through Non-Territorial Autonomy: Assessing Advantages, Deficiencies, and Risks, carves a space for contextual knowledge production on NTA in law, as well as social and political sciences. Contextual knowledge involves a description of institutions and their functionality as wellas of the institutional and legal frames protecting these. What are the institutions, bodies, and functions that ethno-cultural groups can draw on when seeking to have a voice over their own affairs, as well as over issues in society related to their identity production? How are these entitiesincorporated and empowered to have a voice? What degree of voice do they have, and how are they designed to project this voice? Thus, contextual knowledge also involves critical assessment and risk analysis as well as penetrating insights as to the unintended consequences and hidden agendas that mayinform NTA policies. This volume is to provide both policy-makers and ethno-cultural groups with a tool-kit that promotes social cohesion while respecting diversity. This is the first volume in a series of five which will examine the protection and representation of minorities through non-territorial means.

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Non-territorial autonomy (NTA) is a statecraft tool that is increasingly gaining importance in societies seeking to accommodate demands by ethno-cultural groups for a voice in cultural affairs important to the protection and preservation of their identity, such as language, education, andreligion. As states recognize the specific right...

Tove H. Malloy is Director of the European Centre for Minority Issues in Flensburg, Germany. She teaches 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 ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.04 inPublished:August 23, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Tove H. Malloy: IntroductionPart I: Minority Self-Governance1. Sherrill Stroschein: Reconfiguring State-Minority Negotiations for Better Outcomes2. Balazs Vizi: Minority Self-Governments in Hungary3. Antonija Petricusic: National Minority Councils in Croatia4. Tamas Korhecz: National Minority Councils in Serbia5. Miran Komac and Petra Roter: Autonomy Arrangements in Slovenia6. Adam Stepien, Anna Petretei, and Timo Koivurova: Sami Parliaments in Finland, Norway, and SwedenPart II: Minority Self-Management7. Daniel Bourgeois: Minority Educational Self-Management in Canada8. Detlev Rein: The Sorbian People in Germany9. Tove H. Malloy: Functional Non-Territorial Autonomy in Denmark and GermanyPart III: Part III - Symbolic Participation10. Alexander Osipov: Non-Territorial Autonomy in the Post-Soviet Space11. Vadim Poleshchuk: Russian National Cultural Autonomy in EstoniaLevente Salat: Conclusion