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This book examines modalities for the recognition and political participation of minorities in plurinational states in theory and in practice, with a specific reference to the Republic of Turkey and the resolution of the Kurdish question. Drawing on the experience of Spain and Eastern Europe and other recent novel models for minority accommodation, including the Ottoman experience of minority autonomy (the Millet System), the volume brings together researchers from Turkey and Europe more broadly to develop an ongoing dialogue that analytically examines various models for national minority accommodation. These models promise to protect the state’s integrity and provide governmental mechanisms that satisfy demands for collective representation of national communities in the framework of a plurinational state.
Ephraim Nimni is Visiting Fellow in the Centre for the Study of Ethnic Conflict at Queen's University Belfast, UK. He has published widely on minority rights, models of national self-determination that do not require separate nation states, multiculturalism and the applicability of the national cultural autonomy model to contemporary multination states, and on the Israeli Palestinian conflict.
Elçin Aktoprak was Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Political Sciences, Ankara University, Turkey, until she was dismissed as per the emergency decree in February 2017. Her research interests are theories of nationalism, minority issues in Europe, the Kurdish question, conflict resolution and peace studies.
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- Book Title Democratic Representation in Plurinational States
- Book Subtitle The Kurds in Turkey
- Series Title Comparative Territorial Politics
- Series Abbreviated Title Comparative Territorial Politics
- DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-01108-6
- Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2018
- Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
- eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies Political Science and International Studies (R0)
- Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-01107-9
- Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-40361-4
- eBook ISBN 978-3-030-01108-6
- Edition Number 1
- Number of Pages XVI, 255
- Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
Middle Eastern Politics
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“How best to achieve minority representation in plurinational states? In 2015 the contributors to this book conferred in Ankara as the second phase of the “Kurdish Opening” was coming to an end. Since then, several have been dismissed from their university posts by an increasingly authoritarian regime. The achievement of Nimni and Aktoprak is to have brought together interventions by scholars located in Turkey and in Western Europe, which provide penetrating insights and possible solutions not only for the Kurds, but for minorities everywhere.” (Professor Bill Bowring, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK)