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XV. Conclusion: New Approaches To Self-Determination Settlements

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The proliferation of attempted or actual self-determination settlements in recent years is impressive. This applies both to the more traditional autonomy arrangements and to more novel ways of grappling directly with the self-determination issue. Autonomy arrangements were pioneered in Western Europe, starting with the Aaland Islands. While territorial autonomy agreements have been proliferating outside Western Europe, there is a distinct lack of appetite for federal solutions, confederations or state unions. The practice of asymmetrical territorial autonomy and of federalisation has given rise to a number of problems which go beyond the determination of the precise status of the entity in question. The contextual restriction of external self-determination and the sharp division between external and internal self-determination appear to be dissolving, however gradually and hesitantly. If there is gradual consolidation of practices capable of implementing self-determination in new, broader context, the question of implementation mechanisms remains.

Keywords: autonomy arrangements; federalisation; self-determination settlements; Western Europe



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