Contextualizing Secession: Normative Studies in Comparative Perspective

Hardcover | June 29, 2004

EditorBruno Coppieters, Richard Sakwa

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In a world where the traditional territorial organisation of the state is coming under increasing challenge from pressures from above (globalisation) and from below (struggles for federalisation and secession), the theoretical and practical questions concerning secessionist struggles becomeever more acute. It is these questions that this volume addresses. Why do some struggles for autonomy take acute forms, above all violent struggles for secession (for example, Chechnya), while others remain within the framework of constitutional politics (for example, Tatarstan and Quebec)? Underwhat conditions does a distinct political community have the right to secede from another, and how should this process be managed? Our ten case studies seek to answer these questions on the basis of the application of just war theory to the normative and practical issues concerning the secessionstruggles in these regions. The Introduction sets out the theoretical issues, and then each case study provides a rich mix of theoretical and empirical material, and some of the broader issues are then drawn together in the concluding chapter. The book focuses on four key themes that are central tothe ethics of secession. The first examines normative issues, in particular the tension between 'choice' theories and those based on remedial 'just cause' arguments. The second discusses the problem of violence in secessionist struggles and the ensuing relationship between just war theory and theethics of secession. The third problem is the relationship between nationhood and citizenship, and in particular the problem of applying what has now become a conventional distinction between ethnic and civic representations of the political community. Finally, the contentious issue of sovereigntyand the way that it frames debates about self-determination. With each of these themes, the application of general moral principles to particular historical contexts opens up new avenues of research. This book is essential reading for those who wish to understand both the theoretical and practicalissues concerning secession struggles in the world today.

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In a world where the traditional territorial organisation of the state is coming under increasing challenge from pressures from above (globalisation) and from below (struggles for federalisation and secession), the theoretical and practical questions concerning secessionist struggles becomeever more acute. It is these questions that th...

Bruno Coppieters is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Political Science of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel Richard Sakwa is Professor of Russian and European Politics at the University of Kent at Canterbury

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 8.46 × 5.35 × 1.18 inPublished:June 29, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199258716

ISBN - 13:9780199258710

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Table of Contents

1. Bruno Coppieters: Introduction2. Michel Huysseune: A nation Confronting a Secessionist Claim: Italy and the Lega Nord3. Gunter Lauwers: Discussing Autonomy and Independence for Corsica4. Nathalie Tocci: Self-Determination in Cyprus: Future Options within a European Order5. Richard Kerney: Britain and Iralnd: Towards a Postnationalist Archipelago6. Raymond Detrez: The Right to Self-Determination and Secession in Yugoslavia: a Hornets' Nest of Inconsistencies7. Alexei Zverev: A Special Status for Tatarstan: Validity of Claims and Limits on Sovereignty8. Richard Sakwa: Chechnya: A Just War Fought Unjustly?9. Bruno Coppieters: War and Secession: A Moral Analysis of the Georgian-Abkhazian Conflict10. Ronald Rudin: Unravelling Dichotomies: Ethnic and Civic understanding of the Nation in Quebec Nationalist Discourse11. Xiaokun Song: A Unified China or an Independent Taiwan? A Normative Assessment of the Cross-Strait Conflict12. Bruno Coppieters: Conclusion: Just War Theory and the Ethics of Secession