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Autonomy and Ethnicity: Negotiating Competing Claims in Multi-Ethnic States

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Edited by: Yash Ghai

ISBN13: 9780521781121
ISBN: 0521781124
Published: December 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print
Paperback edition , ISBN13 9780521786423

This book deals with one of the most urgent problems of contemporary times: the political organisation of multi-ethnic states. Most major conflicts of our time are internal to the state and revolve around the claims of access to or the redesign of the state. Responses to ethnic conflicts have ranged from oppression and ethnic cleansing to accommodations of ethnic claims through affirmative policies, special forms of representation, power sharing, and the integration of minorities. One of the most sought after, and resisted, devices for conflict management is autonomy. Within an overarching framework that examines different understandings of ethnic consciousness and the variety of territorial autonomies, the authors examine the experiences of spatial distribution of power in Canada, India, China, South Africa, Ethiopia, PNG, Spain, the former Yugoslavia, Cyprus, Sri Lanka and Australia.

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1. Autonomy to manage ethnic conflicts
Yash Ghai
2. Federalism and diversity in Canada
Ronald Watts
3. Federalism and diversity in India
Vasuki Nesiah
4. Autonomy regimes in China: Coping with ethnic and economic diversity
Yash Ghai
5. How the centre holds: Managing claims for regional and ethnic autonomy in a democratic South Africa
Heinz Klug
6. Autonomous communities and the ethnic settlement in Spain
Daniele Conversi
7. Ethnicity and federalism in socialist Yugoslavia and its successor states
Sinisa Malesevic
8. Ethnicity and the new constitutional orders of Ethiopia and Eritrea
James Paul
9. Accommodating self-rule: Sri Lankan dialectics
Neelan Tiruchelvam
10. Cyprus: From consociationalsim to federation
Reed Coughlan
11. Bougainville and dialectics of ethnicity, autonomy and separation
Yash Ghai and Anthony Regan
12. Autonomy for Aboriginal peoples
Cheryl Saunders