Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

South Tyrol's Consociational Democracy: between Political Claim and Social Reality

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

South Tyrol?s political system corresponds to the model of consociational democracy described by Arend Lijphart. The consociational democracy model for the elites stands in stark relation to the ethnic division of South Tyrolean civil society. The creation of language-comprehensive structures within parties, trade unions and associations, represents a reaction to the ethnic separation system. The political elites of South Tyrol of all three language groups, namely Italians, Germans, and Ladins, were legitimized to a large extent by their homogeneity and uniform representation after World War II up until the adoption of the Second Autonomy Statute. The Autonomy Statute (1972) has a double legal nature. On the one hand, it grants the region of Trentino-South Tyrol and the provinces of Bolzano/Bozen and Trento a territorial autonomy and, on the other hand, it incorporates a series of collective rights for the protection of ethnic minorities living in the territory.

Keywords: Autonomy Statute; Bolzano; Bozen; collective rights; consociational democracy; ethnic separation system; political elites; South Tyrolean civil society; Trentino-South Tyrol



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Tolerance through Law — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation