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The Architecture of DemocracyConstitutional Design, Conflict Management, and Democracy$
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Andrew Reynolds

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199246465

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199246467.001.0001

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Constitutional Asymmetries: Communal Representation, Federalism, and Cultural Autonomy

Constitutional Asymmetries: Communal Representation, Federalism, and Cultural Autonomy

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(p.141) 6 Constitutional Asymmetries: Communal Representation, Federalism, and Cultural Autonomy
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The Architecture of Democracy
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Yash Pal Ghai

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199246467.003.0007

Examines and compares three constitutional mechanisms for the political recognition of ethnic minorities and their potential to ameliorate or aggravate ethnic tensions—communal representation through the electoral process (with examples from Cyprus, India, Bosnia‐Herzegovina, and Fiji), territorial autonomy through asymmetric federalism, and cultural autonomy.

Keywords:   asymmetric federalism, communal representation, cultural autonomy, ethnic tensions, territorial autonomy

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