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Minority Accommodation through Territorial and Non-Territorial Autonomy$
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Tove H. Malloy and Francesco Palermo

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198746669

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198746669.001.0001

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Non-Territorial Autonomy

Non-Territorial Autonomy

The Meaning of ‘(Non-)Territoriality’

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Minority Accommodation through Territorial and Non-Territorial Autonomy

Markku Suksi

Oxford University Press

Three institutional forms of non-territorial autonomy (NTA) are presented as possible mechanisms of governance: personal autonomy, functional autonomy, and national cultural autonomy. National cultural autonomy is singled out for a more detailed study against the backdrop of Bauer and Renner’s theories, looking particularly at Estonia, Finland, and Serbia. Because territorial autonomy is clearly more common as a form of organization, different non-territorial forms of autonomy have remained in the sidelines. The need to tailor-make each solution means that setting up non-territorial forms of autonomy is probably perceived as difficult, complex, and arduous. Therefore, and somewhat unjustifiably, the category of NTA is commonly populated by examples of national cultural autonomy. If NTA is set up, such institutions should not become vehicles of symbolism and of façade participation, but be tasked with realistic functions and the necessary public power for the promotion of, inter alia, the linguistic rights of minorities.

Keywords:   personal autonomy, functional autonomy, national cultural autonomy, public powers, participation, linguistic rights, Estonia, Finland, Serbia

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