in these ways asymmetry opens up possibilities of accommodating the special concerns of a group or region.
is a concrete manifestation of the right to internal self-determination of specific communities in a multi-ethnic or multi-national state., the question still remains why exactly federalism is an appropriate form of governance in multiethnic societies.
a federal structure of the state has the potential to accommodate the legitimate aspirations of all ethnic, linguistic or religious communities for self-government and protection of their distinct cultural and religious identities, while at the same time guaranteeing equal participation by all communities and by all citizens in the political and economic affairs of the country as a whole.
is considered as a means to live with cultural diversity., heinz 2000 how the center holds: managing claims for regional and ethnic autonomy in a democratic south africa.
as to what kind of combinations of diversity are compatible.
kymlicka (1998a, 1989b) has pointed to a number of problems about asymmetry in canada that may make it unsustainable.
entrench ethnicity, as with reservations or tribal areas where cultural dimensions and the need to preserve the identity of the group may serve to sharpen boundaries against outsiders.
i have already discussed examples where the concession of autonomy has reconciled ethnic minorities to the state and diluted the appeal of secession.asymmetry and federal construction: Accommodating diversity in the canadian constitution.if the powers they have are generalized, they increase their own demands for more, leading not only to a higher level of general devolution than is desirable or desired but also pushing the special groups toward confederal solutions., jyotirindra das 1975 ethnicity, language demands, and national development in india.as young (1998:5) has stated: “conflict—class, interest, and ethnic— is a natural aspect of social existence; the heart of the matter is that it be conducted by civil process, by equitable rules, through dialogue and bargaining, in a framework facilitating cooperation and reconciliation.the settlement of 1976, which established a wide-ranging decentralization, solved the problems of bougainville.