MINELRES: New book: Asymmetric Autonomy and the Settlement of Ethnic Conflicts
Thu May 27 21:34:21 2010
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The University of Pennsylvania Press is pleased to announce the release
of Asymmetric Autonomy and the Settlement of Ethnic Conflicts,
edited by Marc Weller and Katherine Nobbs.
Asymmetric Autonomy and the Settlement of Ethnic Conflicts
(http://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/14757.html) assesses the ability of
such power distribution arrangements to resolve violent struggles
between central governments and separatist groups. This collection of
new case studies from around the world covers a host of important
developments, from recentralization in Russia, to "one country, two
systems" in China, to constitutional innovation in Iraq. As a whole,
these essays examine how well asymmetric autonomy agreements can bring
protracted and bloody conflicts to an end, satisfy the demands of both
sides, guarantee the physical integrity of a state, and ensure peace and
stability. Contributors to this book also analyze the many problems and
dilemmas that can arise when autonomous regions are formed. For example,
powers may be loosely defined or unrealistically assigned to the state
within a state. Redrawn boundaries can create new minorities and make
other groups vulnerable to human rights violations. Given the number of
limited self-determination systems in place, the essays in this volume
present varied evaluations of these political structures.
Asymmetric state agreements have the potential to remedy some of
humanity's most intractable disputes. In Asymmetric Autonomy and the
Settlement of Ethnic Conflicts, leading political scientists and
diplomatic experts shed new light on the practical consequences of these
settlements and offer sophisticated frameworks for understanding this
path toward lasting peace.
Marc Weller is Reader in International Law at the University of
Cambridge, Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, and
former Director of the European Centre for Minority Issues. Katherine
Nobbs is Research Associate and Legal Adviser at the European Centre for
Asymmetric Autonomy and the Settlement of Ethnic Conflicts is in the
Penn Press series National and Ethnic Conflict in the 21st Century.
2010 | 360 pages | 6 x 9 | 2 illus.
ISBN 978-0-8122-4230-0 | Cloth | $59.95s | ¸39.00
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