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Territorial Pluralism

Managing Difference in Multinational States

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Territorial Pluralism

Managing Difference in Multinational States

Territorial pluralism is a form of political autonomy designed to accommodate national, ethnic, or linguistic differences within a state. It has the potential to provide for the peaceful, democratic, and just management of difference. But given traditional concerns about state sovereignty and unity, how realistic is it to expect that a state will agree to recognize and empower distinct substate communities? The contributors to this book answer this question by examining a wide variety of cases, including those in developing and industrialized states and democratic and authoritarian regimes. They find that territorial pluralism remains a legitimate and effective means for managing difference in multinational states.

Table of Contents


Introduction / Richard Simeon

Part 1: Conceptual and Normative Dimensions

1 Territorial Pluralism: Taxonomizing Its Forms, Virtues, and Flaws / John McGarry and Brendan O’Leary

2 A Conceptual and Normative Analysis of Territorial Pluralism / Mira Bachvarova and Margaret Moore

3 Caught in the Minority Trap: Limits of Territorial Autonomy / Peter A. Kraus

Part 2: Empirical and Comparative Dimensions

4 Is Federalism Like Snow, and Is It Exportable? Some Cautionary Notes on the Study of Federalism / Richard Simeon

5 Territorial Autonomy in Nationally Divided Societies: The Experience of the United Kingdom, Spain, and Bosnia and Herzegovina / Michael Keating

6 Sustaining Territorial Pluralism: The Political Economy of Institutional Change / Karlo Basta

7 Territorial Pluralism in Spain: Characteristics and Assessment / César Colino and Angustias Hombrado

8 Belgium and the Crisis of Governability, 2007-11: Rebooting Territorial Pluralism? / Wilfried Swenden

9 Land and Citizenship in Nigerian Ethnofederalism / John Boye Ejobowah

10 Ethnic Territory, Land Tenure, and Citizenship in Africa: The Politics of Devolution in Ghana and Kenya / Bruce J. Berman

11 Consociational Theory, Self-Determination Disputes, and Territorial Pluralism: The Case of Cyprus / John McGarry

12 The Two Shadows of Empire and Still-Born Federalism in China / André Laliberté

Conclusion: The Continuing Relevance of Territorial Pluralism / Karlo Basta and Richard Simeon


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