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Ethnic Diversity and Federalism: Constitution Making in South Africa and Ethiopia

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ISBN13: 9781409403104
Published: December 2010
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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The book examines how institutions of multi-ethnic states have been designed to accommodate ethnic diversity while at the same time maintaining national unity. It locates institutional responses to the challenges of ethnic diversity within the context of a federal arrangement. It examines how a federal arrangement has been used to reconcile the conflicting pressures of the demand for the recognition of distinctive identities, on the one hand, and the promotion of political and territorial integrity, on the other. It uses South Africa and Ethiopia as case studies as the two federal systems provide a contrasting approach to issues of ethnic diversity.

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Subjects:
South Africa, Human Rights and Civil Liberties, Comparative Law, Other Jurisdictions
Contents:
Introduction
Towards the recognition of ethnic diversity
Federalism as institutional design to recognise and accommodate ethnic diversity
Ethnicity in South Africa's political and constitutional development
Institutional recognition and accommodation of ethnic diversity in South Africa
Ethnicity in Ethiopia's political and constitutional development
Marrying federalism with ethnicity: the case of Ethiopia
Conclusion and lessons
Bibliography
Index.