Forging autonomy in a unitary state: The Åland Islands in Finland

@article{Hepburn2014ForgingAI,
  title={Forging autonomy in a unitary state: The {\AA}land Islands in Finland},
  author={Eve Hepburn},
  journal={Comparative European Politics},
  year={2014},
  volume={12},
  pages={468-487}
}
As one of the most stable unitary states in the world, Finland has largely been overlooked in the literature on multi-level political systems. However, this categorisation of Finland neglects the substantial autonomy that has been fought for, and accorded to, the Swedish-speaking Åland Islands over the twentieth century. Åland is the only province that has been granted significant legislative powers vis-à-vis the Autonomy Act (1921) and thereby constitutes a federalised arrangement. It… CONTINUE READING

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