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Territorial Autonomy as a Minority Rights Regime in Post‐Communist Societies

Pål Kolstø

in Can Liberal Pluralism be Exported?

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780199248155
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602955 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019924815X.003.0010
 Territorial Autonomy as a Minority Rights Regime in Post‐Communist Societies

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Political leaders in post-Communist Eastern European states have rejected ethnic minority leaders’ calls for territorial autonomy (TA). Two reasons are given for this rejection: TA is viewed as a stepping stone to secession, and that the putative minority homeland is no more culturally homogeneous than is the state as a whole. The validity of these two objections to TA is discussed within the context of the history of TA in the Soviet Union, and actual experiences of TA in successor states.

Keywords: territorial autonomy; post-Communist; Eastern Europe; Soviet Union; minority rights

Chapter.  8191 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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