This insightful and timely book analyzes the role of cultural autonomy in advancing minority rights protection on the national and global level. It assesses the historical and legal limits of the right to self-determination and autonomy and draws on Marxist internationalism, liberal nationalism and EU integrationist studies to examine the relationship between cultural autonomy and globalization. As such, emphasis is placed on the sociological and historical value of cultural autonomy, with the aim of working beyond formalistic and utilitarian approaches to cultural autonomy. The volume will appeal primarily to upper-level undergraduate and graduate level students of political science and international law interested in rethinking the role of cultural autonomy in an age of globalization.
Contents: Introduction. International Law, Internationalism And Constitutionalism: Minority rights and International law: a historical assessment; Democratic socialism and multiculturalism: the social determinants of cultural autonomy; Between transnationalism and globalism: cultural autonomy and the EU constitution. Case Studies: From coercion to consent: provisional and permanent autonomy in Kosovo; The Kurdish issue, the Turkish State and local self-governance; The Basques in Northern Spain: a model of autonomy?; Conclusion: globalizing minority rights; Bibliography; Index.