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Territorial Pluralism

Managing Difference in Multinational States

edited by Karlo Basta, John McGarry & Richard Simeon

UBC Press
Initial publish date
Jan 2015
Democracy, General, Globalization
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Territorial pluralism is a form of political autonomy designed to accommodate national, ethnic, or linguistic differences within a state. It has the potential to provide for the peaceful, democratic, and just management of difference. But given traditional concerns about state sovereignty and unity, how realistic is it to expect that a state will agree to recognize and empower distinct substate communities? The contributors to this book answer this question by examining a wide variety of cases, including those in developing and industrialized states and democratic and authoritarian regimes. They find that territorial pluralism remains a legitimate and effective means for managing difference in multinational states.

About the authors

Karlo Basta is lecturer of politics and co-director of the Centre on Constitutional Change at the University of Edinburgh.

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Richard Simeon is a professor in the Department of Political Science and the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto.

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Editorial Reviews

This is undoubtedly a definitive and comprehensive volume; it will be an invaluable source book for policymakers and scholars alike who have an abiding interest in the management of differences in multinational states.

Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, Vol. 55 No. 1, December 2016

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