Territorial-Administrative Decentralisation and Ethnocultural Diversity in Ukraine: Addressing Hungarian Autonomy Claims in Zakarpattya

Smith, D. J. and Semenyshyn, M. (2016) Territorial-Administrative Decentralisation and Ethnocultural Diversity in Ukraine: Addressing Hungarian Autonomy Claims in Zakarpattya. Working Paper. European Centre for Minority Issues.

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Abstract

The paper argues firstly that, since there is no obvious separatist movement within Zakarpattya, the Ukrainian state should seek as far as possible to accommodate Hungarian identity claims within the region (and those of other smaller minority communities living within the state) as part of a normative and instrumental strategy of promoting ‘unity in diversity’. Secondly, it argues that Ukraine’s current concept of decentralization offers space to realise the non-territorial vision of cultural autonomy, provided that sufficient attention is also given to maintaining pre-existing territorially-based provisions with regard to minority language use and political representation for Hungarians at both regional and national level.

Item Type:Research Reports or Papers (Working Paper)
Additional Information:ECMI Working Paper 95
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Smith, Professor David
Authors: Smith, D. J., and Semenyshyn, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Central and East European Studies
Publisher:European Centre for Minority Issues
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 The Authors
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
632461National Minority Rights & Democratic Political Community: Practices of Non-territorial Cultural Autonomy in Contemporary Central and Easter EuropeDavid SmithEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/L007126/1SPS - CENTRAL & EAST EUROPEAN STUDIES