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  New publication - Autonomy Arrangements around the World: A Collection of Well and Lesser Known Cases

 

 The present volume, edited by Levente Salat (Political Science Department, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj), Sergiu Constantin (European Academy of Bolzano/Bozen, Italy), Alexander Osipov (European Center for Minority Issues, Flensburg, Germany) and István Gergő Székely (Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities, Cluj) is the result of a project launched in 2012 by the partner institutions at a conference that took place in Flensburg. The initiative aimed to invite scholars, researchers and practitioners to engage in identifying, researching and analyzing in a standard format as many operational autonomy arrangements as possible, with special focus on lesser-known cases.


The 16 case studies collected in this book discuss both territorial and non-territorial autonomies, as well as arrangements that may fall short of being fully-fledged autonomies, yet clearly reflect aim for power-sharing in diverse societies or for the empowerment of ethnoculturally distinctive groups. Some of the covered cases are relatively well-known (e.g. South Tyrol or the Hungarian system of minority self-governments), while others may seem more exotic at first sight (e.g. Nicaragua's coastal autonomies, Zanzibar, or the case of the Acadians in Canada). The volume also contains a more theoretical concluding chapter, which aims to identify the contextual and structural elements which bring about a wide variety of autonomy arrangements in different parts of the world and influence their outcomes, and hopefully may also provide useful hints for the design of potential future arrangements.