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Does ethnofederalism explain the success of Indian federalism?

Adeney, Katharine

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Ethnofederalism has been contested as a solution for diverse societies as seen recently in Nepal (where federalism has been accepted, but the design and number of units remains heavily contested) and Myanmar (where ethnic minority demands for increasing federalization have had to take a back seat to the demands for increasing democracy). It remains a heavily contested subject in Sri Lanka. Concerns are expressed that ethnofederalism will increase pressures for secession and/or lead to increased violence, through increasing a sense of separateness of the people living within that territory, providing resources for political entrepreneurs to mobilize groups against the center and will lead to the persecution of minorities within the ethnofederal units. India is an example of a federation that appears to demonstrate that ethnofederalism decreases rather than increases conflict through its successful reorganization of states along linguistic lines. However, a group-level analysis reveals a more diverse picture. India has simultaneously been both a success and a failure at conflict management.

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Adeney, K. (2017). Does ethnofederalism explain the success of Indian federalism?. India Review, 16(1), https://doi.org/10.1080/14736489.2017.1279933

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 5, 2017
Publication Date Mar 10, 2017
Deposit Date Apr 26, 2017
Publicly Available Date Sep 11, 2018
Journal India Review
Print ISSN 1473-6489
Electronic ISSN 1557-3036
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 1
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14736489.2017.1279933
Keywords India, Federalism, Ethnofederalism, EthnicConflict
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/42227
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14736489.2017.1279933
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in India Review on 10/03/2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14736489.2017.1279933

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