Asymmetry in quasi-federal and unitary states

Conversi, Daniele (2007) Asymmetry in quasi-federal and unitary states. Ethnopolitics, 6 (1). pp. 121-124. ISSN 1744-9057

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17449050701233064

Abstract

In his four-fold typology, John McGarry indicates Canada, post-Soviet Russia and Spain as standard examples of 'regional and plurinational federations' (RPNFs). He dedicates most space to this variant, chiefly because of its more successful record. In order to test McGarry's hypothesis, I focus on Spain as an example of a quasi-federal setting and Italy as an instance of unitary state. In agreement with McGarry, I show that asymmetric arrangements are more accommodative, durable and practical, having proved in both cases more flexible and effective in managing and preventing ethnic conflict (see also Coakley, 2003).

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Additional Information:In his four-fold typology, John McGarry indicates Canada, post-Soviet Russia and Spain as standard examples of 'regional and plurinational federations' (RPNFs). He dedicates most space to this variant, chiefly because of its more successful record. In order to test McGarry's hypothesis, I focus on Spain as an example of a quasi-federal setting and Italy as an instance of unitary state. In agreement with McGarry, I show that asymmetric arrangements are more accommodative, durable and practical, having proved in both cases more flexible and effective in managing and preventing ethnic conflict (see also Coakley, 2003).
Keywords:Theories of nationalism, Homogenisation, Egalitarianism, Historical sociology, Comparative sociology, Civil wars, Ethnic conflict, Ethnicity, Conflict resolution
Subjects:L Social studies > L160 International Economics
L Social studies > L222 Democracy
L Social studies > L240 International Politics
L Social studies > L214 Nationalism
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:1944
Deposited By: Bev Jones
Deposited On:16 Jul 2009 09:03
Last Modified:18 Jul 2011 16:21

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