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Autonomy as an Enduring Concept
  • Michael C. Davis
Conference paper

This panel offers two very different papers which engage the two most common ways of exploring autonomy: Hurst Hannum engages that branch of research that explores how autonomy demands arise and what they purport to solve; while Markku Suksi engages a dominant literature that considers how different autonomy arrangements are structured and actually work. In combination they offer a rich assessment of the benefits and limitations of autonomy.

In looking at the use of autonomy in conflict situations Hurst Hannum offers a dynamic but cautious assessment. His work has long appreciated autonomy as an alternative to independence and separation while sounding a note of caution as to its limitations. This paper very much tracks that body of work. I will argue here that giving enduring international law teeth to autonomy arrangements may offer an alternative to the frequent march toward independence and the violence it entails. I will quibble with some of the points Hannum makes in his assessment of autonomy in conflict situations but this questioning is I hope very much in the tradition of his writings on the international recognition of autonomy.

Keywords

Conflict Situation Chinese Leader International Recognition Minority Identity Ethnic Minority Community 
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References

  1. Ruggie JG (1993) Territoriality and beyond: problematizing modernity in international relations. International Relations 47 (Winter):139Google Scholar
  2. Reisman MW (1974) Puerto Rico and the international process: new roles in association. American Society of International Law, West Publishing CompanyGoogle Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael C. Davis
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  1. 1.GPA DepartmentChinese University of Hong KongHong KongChina

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