CPPF Working Papers on Models of Autonomous Rule

Edited by Tatiana Carayannis

The right to self-determination has often (and at times conveniently) been misunderstood as an outcome, and usually as independence. While it is a right for a people to have free choice over their political status, the right to self-determination does not imply a right to secession, and it should not be automatically assumed that all legitimate claims to self-determination have to result in independence (Aceh and Quebec are examples). This right of process is usually carried out through a public referendum or ballot, though not all decolonization cases have been resolved by internationally supervised referenda. Outcomes for the exercise of self-determination can range from the lowest degree of self-administration to independence. The CPPF Working Papers on Models of Autonomous Rule are a series of short, highly condensed policy papers on a handful of cases of peaceful models of autonomy, including federalism and commonwealth arrangements from around the world. Case studies include Canada, Puerto Rico, the Åland Islands, South Tyrol, Spain, Bosnia, Northern Ireland, and Iraq and focus on both the process of arriving at some measure of autonomy, and on the model of autonomous rule.

No. 1

Self-Determination: Canada and Quebec [PDF]
By David Cameron

No. 2

The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico [PDF]
By Efrén Rivera-Ramos

No. 3

Case Studies in Forms of Self-Determination: A Comparison of the Åland Islands, South Tyrol, the Kurds in Iraq, and Catalonia [PDF]
By Victor Ferreres Comella and Pau Bossacoma Busquets

No. 4

Synthesizing Types of Self-Determination [PDF]
By Jacob Mundy

No. 5

Options for Territorial Self-Governance: Decentralization, Devolution, Autonomy, and Federation [PDF]
By Stefan Wolff

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