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Constitutional Asymmetries: Communal Representation, Federalism, and Cultural Autonomy

Yash Pal Ghai

in The Architecture of Democracy

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780199246465
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600135 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199246467.003.0007

Series: Oxford Studies in Democratization

 Constitutional Asymmetries: Communal Representation, Federalism, and Cultural Autonomy

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Examines and compares three constitutional mechanisms for the political recognition of ethnic minorities and their potential to ameliorate or aggravate ethnic tensions—communal representation through the electoral process (with examples from Cyprus, India, Bosnia‐Herzegovina, and Fiji), territorial autonomy through asymmetric federalism, and cultural autonomy.

Keywords: asymmetric federalism; communal representation; cultural autonomy; ethnic tensions; territorial autonomy

Chapter.  11987 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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