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.
Richard Simeon is a professor in the Department of Political Science and the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto.
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
Other titles by Karlo Basta
Other titles by John McGarry
Other titles by Richard Simeon
The Democratic Deficit in Canada and the United States
Citizens, Markets, and Governments in a Changing World
How Canadian Voluntary Associations Manage French and English
The Comparative Turn in Canadian Political Science
The Making of Recent Policy in Canada