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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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Non-Territorial Autonomy in 
the Post-Soviet Space

Non-Territorial Autonomy in 
the Post-Soviet Space

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the Post-Soviet Space
Managing Diversity through Non-Territorial Autonomy

Alexander Osipov

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses non-territorial autonomy (NTA) as a mode of framing ethnic relations; respectively ‘policies of NTA’ are regarded as top-down arrangements which are designed for the accommodation and facilitation of collective activities pursued on behalf of identity-based groups and which imply special treatment of certain activities and organizations. The chapter analyses the post-Soviet official policies which rest on the idea of symbolic and instrumental treatment of ethnic groups as cohesive social entities possessing distinct identities, interests, will, and rights. Three types of arrangements, namely, cultural autonomy, mono-ethnic elected representative bodies, and multi-ethnic representative ‘assemblies of peoples’, fit into this framework. The chapter concludes that although these set-ups basically perform functions of symbolic participation in public life and are regulated by informal rules, they turn out to be efficient in terms of shaping public agendas and satisfying aspirations of ethnic activists and the general public.

Keywords:   framing, symbolic policies, cultural autonomy, elected representative bodies

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