Creating New States: Theory and Practice of Secession

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Mar 28, 2013 - Political Science - 292 pages
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Secession is the creation of a new independent state out of an existing state. This key volume examines the political, social and legal processes of the practice of secession. Following an analysis of secessionist movements and their role in attempts at secession, eight case studies are explored to illustrate peaceful, violent, sequential and recursive secessions. This is followed by a look at the theoretical approaches and a discussion that focuses on the economic causes. Normative theories of secession are discussed as well as the status of secession in legal theory and practice.

The book systematizes our present knowledge of secessions in an accessible way to readers not familiar with the phenomenon and its consequences. It is ideal as a supplementary text to courses on contemporary political and social movements, applied ethics and political philosophy, international relations and international law, state sovereignty and state formation.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
A variety of definitions
6
2 What is a nation? A few theoretical answers
15
3 Decolonization and secession
21
Secessions and Secessionist Movements
33
1 The secession of Iceland
39
2 The attempted secession of the Confederate States
56
Norway Slovakia and Quebec
65
An Introduction
171
1 Economic theories of secession
188
Normative Theories
199
Secession and the Law
221
1 The meaning ofpeople in relation to selfdetermination
233
Why New States?
241
Appendix
257
Index
271

Biafra Bangladesh Chechnya
95
The USSR and Yugoslavia
129

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Aleksandar Pavkovic is Lecturer in the Department of Politics & International Relations, at Macquarie University, Australia. Peter Radan is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Law, at Macquarie University, Australia.

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