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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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Minorities and the Limits of Liberal Democracy

Minorities and the Limits of Liberal Democracy

Demoicracy and Non-Territorial Autonomy

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(p.57) 3 Minorities and the Limits of Liberal Democracy
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Minority Accommodation through Territorial and Non-Territorial Autonomy
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Ephraim Nimni

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198746669.003.0004

This chapter examines the limits of liberal democracies within the nation state in its contradictory attitude to minority representation. While the nation state is a monocultural device constitutive of the body of citizens, most contemporary liberal democratic nation states are far from homogenous. This chapter argues that the collective autocracy of the dominant nation endorses the celebration of individual rights, freedom of expression and individualism, and even the relative protection of minorities, but at the same time, severely limits minority communities’ political representation. Non-territorial autonomy (NTA) is one of the many democratic reactions to this imposition. It is a generic form of collective rights and collective representation which aims to share sovereignty between different communities. This links with the idea that democracy must have not one but many constituencies, and therefore become a ‘demoicracy’, a democracy of the demoi, a plural and diverse conglomerate of democratic communities and constituencies.

Keywords:   liberal democracy, nation state, non-territorial autonomy, demoicracy, minority communities, minority representation

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