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The Ashgate Research Companion to Secession

Edited by: Aleksandar PavkoviĆ , Peter Radan

Print publication date:  November  2011
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9780754677024
eBook ISBN: 9781315613543
Adobe ISBN: 9781317041719

10.4324/9781315613543
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Secession is a detachment of a territory from an existing state with the aim of creating a new state on the detached territory. Secession is usually an outcome of the political mobilization of a population on the territory to be detached and, as a political phenomenon, is a subject of study in the social sciences. Its impact on inter-state relations is a subject of study in international relations. But secession is also subject to regulation both in the constitutional law of sovereign states and in international law. Following a spate of secessions in the early 1990s, legal scholars have proposed a variety of ways to regulate the international responses to attempts at secessions. Moreover, since the 1980s normative justification of secession has been subject to an intense debate among political theorists and moral philosophers. This research companion has the following three complementary aims. First, to offer an overview of the current theoretical approaches to secession in the social sciences, international relations, legal theory, political theory and applied ethics. Second, to outline the current practice of international recognition of secession and current domestic and international laws which regulate secession. Third, to offer an account of major secessionist movements - past and present - from a comparative perspective. In their accounts of past secessions and current secessionist movements, the contributors to this volume focus on the following four components: the nature and source of secessionist grievances, the ideologies and techniques of secessionist mobilization, the responses of the host state or majority parties in the host state, and the international response to attempts at secession. This provides a basis for identification of at least some common patterns in the otherwise highly varied processes of secession.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction: What Is Secession? Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Secession and International Order Download PDF
Chapter  3:  The History of Secession: An Overview Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Explaining Secession  Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Changing Borders by Secession: Normative Assessment of Territorial Claims Download PDF
Chapter  6:  An Attempt at Secession from an Early Nation-State: The Confederate States of America Download PDF
Chapter  7:  The UN Principle of Self-Determination and Secession from Decolonized States: Katanga and Biafra Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Constitutional Politics of Secession: Travelling from Quebec to Montenegro (and back?) Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Secession as a Way of Dissolving Federations: The USSR and Yugoslavia Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Kosovo: Secession under UN Supervision Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Secession from an Economic Perspective: What Is Living and What Is Dead in Economic Interpretations of Secessionism? Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Secession and Ethnic Conflict Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Secession and Political Violence Download PDF
Chapter  14:  International Involvement in Secessionist Conflict: From the 16th Century to the Present Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The International Relations of Secession  Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Secession and Contested States  Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Secession and Territorial Borders: The Role of Law Download PDF
Chapter  18:  International Law and the Right of Unilateral Secession Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Secession in Constitutional Law Download PDF
Chapter  20:  To Constitutionalize or Not? Secession as Materiae Constitutionis  Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Secession and State Succession Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Internal Self-Determination and Secession Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Remedial Theories of Secession Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Choice Theories of Secession Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Secession and Domination Download PDF
Chapter  26:  The Right to Secede: Do We Really Need It? Download PDF
Chapter  27:  ASIA Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Africa Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Europe Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Rest of the World Download PDF
Introduction_to_Part_VI Download PDF
Introduction_to_Part_IV Download PDF
Introduction_to_Part_III Download PDF
Introduction_to_Part_V Download PDF
Introduction_to_Part_II Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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