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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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Autonomy in South Asia

Autonomy in South Asia

Evidence for the Emergence of a Regional Custom

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(p.217) 10 Autonomy in South Asia
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Minority Accommodation through Territorial and Non-Territorial Autonomy
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Joshua Castellino

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198746669.003.0011

Despite their conspicuous absence from the literature, questions of autonomy in South Asia have recently become more central. Three reasons could be attributed to this: (a) the general wave of populist protest commencing with the ‘Arab Spring’ which has provided a fillip for public protest, much being channelled through identity-based politics; (b) the states in the region are relatively young, with decisions taken at their birth driven by political expediencies which are coming under pressure; (c) the scope for public expression of identity is creating preconditions likely to be exploited (for beneficial or malicious reasons) by a range of new assertive actors. Thus the prediction in this chapter is that questions of autonomy (territorial and non-territorial) are likely to become accentuated in South Asia, where they have merited relatively low levels of public engagement, caused by the distance of vulnerable groups from sites of power.

Keywords:   South Asia, territorial autonomy, young states, populist protest, vulnerable groups

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