Autonomy: potential and limitations RUTH LAPIDOTH* Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculties of Law and Social Sciences, Mount Scopus, Jerusalem, Israel 91905 (Received and accepted 13 August 1993) Key words: territorial political autonomy; personal autonomy; federalism, decentralisation, self- government ; associate-statehood Abstract. The role of autonomy is to ease tensions resulting from the heterogeneity of the population within a State, in particular ethnic diversity. Territorial political autonomy is compared to personal autonomy. Factors which may increase prospects for success are analyzed, as well as the pros and cons for autonomy. Introduction There is a growing interest in the subject of autonomy in many parts of the world especially since autonomy is increasingly suggested as a method to resolve various types of conflict. Thus it has been proposed to solve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by granting autonomy to its inhabitants and it may also serve as a solution to some of the ethnic problems in the republics that formerly were part of Yugoslavia. In the Middle East, the most famous cases where autonomy is on the agenda are the areas of Iraq inhabited mainly by Kurds, and the territories administered by Israel which are inhabited mainly by Palestinian Arabs. In the
International Journal on Minority and Group Rights – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1994
Keywords: territorial political autonomy; personal autonomy; self-government; decentralisation; federalism; associate-statehood
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