The Case for Non-Sovereignty: Lessons from Sub-National Island Jurisdictions (Paperback)

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The Case for Non-Sovereignty: Lessons from Sub-National Island Jurisdictions (Paperback)

By Godfrey Baldacchino (Editor), David Milne (Editor)

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Territories like American Samoa, Anguilla, Aruba, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands and the Faroes are sub-national island jurisdictions (SNIJs). They all share some measure of autonomous government, and are easily construed as independent states-in-waiting. Yet, most of these territories exhibit no urgency to become independent. Instead, they appear to have decided that there are political and economic benefits accruing today when island territories are autonomous but not sovereign. In an uncertain world, a substantial degree of autonomy, respect and protection for local culture and identity, reasonable provision of employment opportunities, welfare and security by a larger and benign metropolitan state, have collectively weakened most local thrusts for independence. In spite of the mandate of the United Nations Committee on Decolonisation, there is a strong case to be made today for non-sovereignty, and it is the SNIJs that provide clear evidence.

Godfrey Baldacchino is an international authority on Island Studies, and the second Canada Research Chair at University of Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Product Details ISBN: 9780415864787
ISBN-10: 041586478X
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: November 1st, 2014
Pages: 192
Language: English