The Routledge Handbook of Comparative Territorial Autonomies affords a comprehensive, pioneering and interdisciplinary survey of this emerging field.
Moving beyond traditionally narrower engagements with the subject, it combines approaches to comparative law and comparative politics to provide an authoritative guide to the principal theoretical and empirical topics in the area. Bringing together a team of cutting-edge scholars from different disciplines and continents, the volume illuminates the latest thinking and scholarship on comparative territorial autonomies.
This Handbook is an authoritative, essential reference text for students, academics and researchers in its field. It will also be of key interest to those in the fields of comparative politics, comparative law, local/regional government, federalism, decentralisation and nationalism, as well as practitioners in think tanks, NGOs and international governmental organisations.
1. What are Territorial Autonomies and Why the Handbook?
Part 1: Theories and approaches
2. Constitutional Frameworks of Territorial Autonomies: Global Legal Observations
3. Territorial Autonomies as a Form of Self-Determination: The Legal Right to Internal Self-Determination
4. Territorial or Non-Territorial Autonomy: The Tools for Governing Diversity
Tove H. Malloy
5. Autonomous Belonging: The Politics of Stateless Nationalism
6. Societal Minorities and Legislatures in Territorial Autonomies: A Critical Introduction
Félix Mathieu and Guy Laforest
7. Electoral and Party Politics in Territorial Autonomies: Dynamics Between State and Peripheral Parties
Part 2: Case studies
8. Åland Islands: 100 Years of Stability
9. Aceh: Fading Autonomy
Danil Akbar Taqwadin and Riadi Husaini
10. Basques: History and Autonomy
Víctor Aparicio Rodríguez
11. Catalonia: From Autonomy to Self-Determination
Marta Soler Alemany
12. Gibraltar: Democracy Without Decolonisation
13. Greenland: Autonomy in the Arctic Region
14. Guam: The Place Where America’s Day Begins
Kevin K.W. Ho
15. Hong Kong: Autonomy in Crisis
16. Jammu and Kashmir: Contested Autonomy
17. Macao: Undemocratic Autonomy in Harmony
18. Northern Ireland: A Place Apart?
19. Quebec: From Autonomism to Sovereignism, and Back Again
20. Scotland: A Distinct Political Community in the United Kingdom
Justin Chun-ting Ho
21. Sarawak: Quest for Autonomy
22. Sabah: Autonomy and Integration within the Malaysian Federation
Yew Meng Lai
23. South Tyrol: From Conflict to Consociationalism
Verena Wisthaler, Josef Prackwieser and Marc Röggla
24. Tatarstan: A Landlocked Republic
Mustafa Gökcan Kösen
25. Rethinking Territorial Autonomies: Towards Transcontinental Comparative Political Studies
Brian C. H. Fong
"At a moment when the nation-state is trying to both reassert itself and resist challenges to undermine it, this edited collection is timely. It offers a holistic assessment of the political, legal and social aspects of territorial autonomy, and a new and positive direction of scholarship that establishes a strong theoretical framework, effectively complemented by a diverse and rich range of case studies. It is an important work that should be read and used as a springboard for further inquiry."
Peter Clegg, University of the West of England, UK
"Eschewing the usual methodological nationalism, this Handbook combines comparative law and comparative politics approaches to present an original theoretical and conceptual framework and several engaging case studies of territorial autonomies. The volume nicely succeeds in providing a rich panoply of current debates and comparative information on all these specific political entities at the substate level. The Handbook will certainly promote an emerging research agenda and will be a worthwhile read for academics and researchers interested in the fields of regional government and nationalism and self-determination, but also for practitioners and decision-makers concerned with issues of diversity management and substate institution-building."
César Colino, The National University of Distance Education, Spain
"By addressing the key concepts and drawing on such a rich store of material, this original work will be a valuable resource for scholars of constitutional law and politics, federalism and the management of territorial diversity."
Michael Keating, University of Aberdeen, UK