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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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Can Non-Territorial Autonomy Bring an Added Value to Theoretic and Policy-Oriented Analysis of Ethnic Politics?

Can Non-Territorial Autonomy Bring an Added Value to Theoretic and Policy-Oriented Analysis of Ethnic Politics?

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(p.33) 2 Can Non-Territorial Autonomy Bring an Added Value to Theoretic and Policy-Oriented Analysis of Ethnic Politics?
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Minority Accommodation through Territorial and Non-Territorial Autonomy
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Geneviève Nootens

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198746669.003.0003

This chapter aims to systematize different views of non-territorial autonomy (NTA) and to contextualize it with regard to autonomy and the territorialization of ethnicity. The chapter examines what is usually meant by autonomy, the issue of the groups that could claim/benefit from NTA arrangements, and the different views of NTA. The chapter argues that although NTA is not necessarily appropriate for, nor sought by, significant and territorially concentrated (sub-state) nations, it nonetheless may be a valuable and useful device in some other cases. It proposes that the added value of NTA depends on three main issues: whether it lowers the stakes related to territorial conflicts and contributes to ‘desecuritizing’ minority issues; whether it actually does empower minorities while strengthening their capacity to participate as equals in the public life of the state; and whether in the long run it can contribute to the building of more inclusive democratic polities.

Keywords:   non-territorial autonomy, nations, minorities, democracy

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