Autonomy provides a framework that allows for regions within countries to exercise self-government beyond the extent available to other sub-state units. This book presents detailed case studies of thirteen such autonomies from around the world, in which noted experts on each outline the constitutional, legal and institutional frameworks as well as how these arrangements have worked in practice to protect minority rights and prevent secession of the territories in question. The volume's editors draw on the case studies to provide a comparative analysis of how autonomy works and the political and institutional conditions under which it is likely to become a workable arrangement for management of the differences that brought it into being.
Yash Ghai is Professor Emeritus at the University of Hong Kong and Director of the Katiba Institute, Nairobi. He is a world renowned expert and for the past 30 years has been deeply involved in the study of autonomy systems. Sophia Woodman is faculty member of the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh. She is a sociologist who studies Chinese politics, including the politics of autonomy and minorities in contemporary China.
Introduction: nature and origins of autonomy Yash Ghai; 1. Seeking autonomy in a decentralised federation: the case of Quebec Richard Simeon and Luc Turgeon; 2. Property and happiness through autonomy: the self-government of the Aland Islands in Finland Markku Suksi; 3. Puerto Rico: autonomy or colonial subordination? Efren Rivera-Ramos; 4. Foundations and institutions of South-Tyrol's autonomy in Italy Oskar Peterlini; 5. Kashmir: the vanishing autonomy Jill Cottrell; 6. Autonomies of scale: precarious self-government on Norfolk Island Helen Irving; 7. The autonomy of Catalonia: the unending search for a place within pluralist Spain Carlos Flores Juberias; 8. Zanzibar in Tanzania: from sovereign to autonomy? Yash Ghai; 9. Defective democracy in a failed state? Bridging constitutional design, politics and ethnic division in Bosnia-Herzegovina Josef Marko; 10. Hong Kong's autonomy: dialects of powers and institutions Yash Ghai; 11. The autonomy of devolved Scotland Chris Himsworth; 12. Macau: transformation of a historic autonomy Paulo Cardinal; 13. Autonomy and conflict resolution in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea Anthony J. Regan; 14. Comparative perspectives on institutional frameworks for autonomy Sophia Woodman and Yash Ghai.