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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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Minority Accommodation through Territorial and Non-Territorial Autonomy

Joshua Castellino

Oxford University Press

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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