PSU scholars have systematized information about ethnic autonomies from all the continents: a large-scale map, a database of 150 variables and descriptions of each territory.
The Atlas covers all ethnic regional autonomies existing in the modern world, as well as those disassembled ones from the recent past. In Russia, according to the atlas, there are 32 republics, autonomous areas or regions. Six of them no longer exist on the contemporary map of Russia.
The interactive map within the Atlas shows the autonomy’s placement, its ethnic structure, amount of population, autonomy’s correlation with national economy, existing ethnic conflicts. For each of the autonomies a separate profile is created - a text description, which traces autonomy’s history, development, general characteristics and interaction with the national center.
"In theory, ethnic autonomy is an almost perfect instrument for maintaining the interethnic balance. In practice, this application is extremely difficult, and therefore it is important to understand under what conditions regional autonomy exists most effectively. Our project explores world autonomies’ practices - to reveal opportunities and ways to overcome interethnic conflicts, " says Professor Konstantin Sulimov, a compiler to the Atlas.
The Atlas of ethnic regional autonomies provides free access in Russian and English at http://identityworld.ru/index/atlas_era_eng/0-6 , supplemented with annotation and methodology of the whole project. As part of the project, various databases from 2001 to 2015 were used by PSU scholars, as well as researches by other scientists, information from open sources, and expert interviews on autonomies in different countries - Ethiopia, Spain, France, etc.
The Atlas was prepared within the framework of a three-year project implemented by a group of ten researchers from the Political Science Department, PSU and the Department for the Study of Political Institutions and Processes, Perm Federal Research Center, Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, with a support by the Russian Science Foundation.