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The Routledge Handbook of Comparative Territorial Autonomies

Edited By Brian C. H. Fong, Atsuko Ichijo Copyright 2022
    342 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
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    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?

    Atsuko Ichijo

    Part 1: Theories and approaches

    2. Constitutional Frameworks of Territorial Autonomies: Global Legal Observations

    Markku Suksi

    3. Territorial Autonomies as a Form of Self-Determination: The Legal Right to Internal Self-Determination

    Hurst Hannum

    4. Territorial or Non-Territorial Autonomy: The Tools for Governing Diversity

    Tove H. Malloy

    5. Autonomous Belonging: The Politics of Stateless Nationalism

    David McCrone

    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

    Klaus Detterbeck

    Part 2: Case studies

    8. Åland Islands: 100 Years of Stability

    Maria Ackrén

    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

    Christian Menage

    13. Greenland: Autonomy in the Arctic Region

    Benedikte Brincker

    14. Guam: The Place Where America’s Day Begins

    Kevin K.W. Ho

    15. Hong Kong: Autonomy in Crisis

    Hoi-yu Ng

    16. Jammu and Kashmir: Contested Autonomy

    Chietigj Bajpaee

    17. Macao: Undemocratic Autonomy in Harmony

    Ying-Ho Kwong

    18. Northern Ireland: A Place Apart?

    Henry Jarrett

    19. Quebec: From Autonomism to Sovereignism, and Back Again

    Jean-François Dupré

    20. Scotland: A Distinct Political Community in the United Kingdom

    Justin Chun-ting Ho

    21. Sarawak: Quest for Autonomy

    Arnold Puyok

    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


    Brian C. H. Fong is Research Associate, SOAS China Institute, SOAS University of London, UK.

    Atsuko Ichijo is Associate Professor of the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences at Kingston University, UK.

    "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