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Territorial Autonomy in Eastern Europe - Legacies of the Past

Author(s): Miodrag A. Jovanovic

Journal: Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe
ISSN 1617-5247

Volume: 3;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2002;
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Keywords: territorial autonomy | multiculturalism | nation-building | Eastern Europe

Working within the framework of normative multiculturalism, this paper critically assesses Will Kymlicka's assertion that accepting certain multicultural programmes in Eastern Europe implies the simultaneous adoption of various territorial autonomy arrangements. In contrast, the author stresses the historically separate paths of state- and nation-building in Eastern Europe, highlighting the artificiality of territorial arrangements during the period of state socialism and examining the ramifications of such arrangements on the former Yugoslavia. The author concludes that if present and future autonomous arrangements in Eastern Europe are to be normatively justified, then the primary task of the societies involved should be to enhance traditional democratic institutions, such as the rule of law and constitutionalism.
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