Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

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Autonomy: Imagining Democratic Alternatives in Complex Settings

The Autonomy workshop has resulted in the following forthcoming publication:

Gagnon, Alain and Michael Keating (eds.) (Feb 2012)  Political Autonomy and Divided Societies: Imagining Democratic Alternatives in Complex Settings Palgrave Macmillan

April 13-17, 2010
Universidad Carlos III (Getafe, Madrid)

  • Co-organizers: Alain Gagnon (Université du Québec à Montréal) and Michael Keating (European University Institute)

This workshop will explore autonomy as a potential means of managing diversity in highly differentiated societies. The concept of autonomy has entered into political debate, for example, in the platform of the Action Démocratique du Québec and in discussions about territorial devolution in Europe, as a category distinct from federalism and from decentralization in a unitary state. Yet the concept is not well defined or theorised as a distinct form of political order. The workshop will consider the political economy of autonomy, exploring how autonomous territorial developments can be constructed, rather than limiting discussions solely to constitutional matters.

This was cosponsored by Grupo de Investigación sobre el Derecho y la Justicia (GIDYJ); Departamento de Derecho Internacional, Eclesiástico y Filosofía de Derecho; and Groupe de recherche sur les sociétés plurinationales