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Book Review: Practising Self-Government: A Comparative Study of Autonomous Regions , edited by Yash Ghai & Sophia Woodman. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013)

Book Review: Practising Self-Government: A Comparative Study of Autonomous Regions , edited by... EUROPEAN PUBLIC LAW Yash Ghai & Sophia Woodman (eds), Practising Self-Government: A Comparative Study of Autonomous Regions (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), ISBN 978-1-107-01858-7, xii + 501 pp., GBP 75. This book offers a broad collection of contributions on the nature of self-government, not only in Europe, but throughout the world. The examples drawn from Europe include the Åland Islands, South Tyrol, Catalonia and Scotland.There are then many examples drawn from the global context, including Macau, Hong Kong, Zanzibar and Quebec, amongst others. This lends the collection an interesting comparative angle. Much of the existing literature on self-government from a European perspective draws solely on the experience of European countries, particularly those in the EU, and tends to be confined to an examination of the approach to regional or local self-government in EU Member States. However, this strength of the work is perhaps also one of its weaknesses ­ one might argue that the strength of the comparative approach, drawing on such significantly different states, with radically different constitutional and political BOOK REVIEWS structures, some of which are participatory democracies whereas others are not, renders some of the findings in the concluding chapter to be less conclusive than http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Public Law Kluwer Law International

Book Review: Practising Self-Government: A Comparative Study of Autonomous Regions , edited by Yash Ghai & Sophia Woodman. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013)

European Public Law , Volume 22 (2) – Apr 1, 2016

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EUROPEAN PUBLIC LAW Yash Ghai & Sophia Woodman (eds), Practising Self-Government: A Comparative Study of Autonomous Regions (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), ISBN 978-1-107-01858-7, xii + 501 pp., GBP 75. This book offers a broad collection of contributions on the nature of self-government, not only in Europe, but throughout the world. The examples drawn from Europe include the Åland Islands, South Tyrol, Catalonia and Scotland.There are then many examples drawn from the global context, including Macau, Hong Kong, Zanzibar and Quebec, amongst others. This lends the collection an interesting comparative angle. Much of the existing literature on self-government from a European perspective draws solely on the experience of European countries, particularly those in the EU, and tends to be confined to an examination of the approach to regional or local self-government in EU Member States. However, this strength of the work is perhaps also one of its weaknesses ­ one might argue that the strength of the comparative approach, drawing on such significantly different states, with radically different constitutional and political BOOK REVIEWS structures, some of which are participatory democracies whereas others are not, renders some of the findings in the concluding chapter to be less conclusive than

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Published: Apr 1, 2016

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