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Managing Diversity through Non-Territorial AutonomyAssessing Advantages, Deficiencies, and Risks$
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Tove H. Malloy, Alexander Osipov, and Balázs Vizi

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198738459

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198738459.001.0001

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Functional Non-Territorial Autonomy in Denmark and Germany

Functional Non-Territorial Autonomy in Denmark and Germany

(p.183) 9 Functional Non-Territorial Autonomy in Denmark and Germany
Managing Diversity through Non-Territorial Autonomy

Tove H. Malloy

Oxford University Press

Functional non-territorial autonomy (NTA) institutions provide national minorities in the Danish–German border region with self-management in several areas of cultural life. By and large they are publicly funded and while established under private law, a number of them, especially in the area of education, function as public institutions. The rights of the minorities are not codified or constitutionalized as NTA; rather they loosely follow European standards on minority rights incorporated through statutes and decrees to form a fragmented legal framework. This chapter describes and analyses the functions of the minority institutions in a number of fields as well as their informal cooperation with public administrations through ‘networks of governance’. It demonstrates that by exercising choice, capacity, and will, the minorities have been able to establish pragmatic solutions to societal management. In so doing, the minorities’ self-empowerment is forging a flexible NTA model that defies the classic definition of NTA and autonomy.

Keywords:   functional autonomy, national minorities, self-management, institutions, networks of governance, societal management

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