National Self-Determination and Secession

Hardcover | September 1, 1998

EditorMargaret Moore

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In recent years, numerous multi-national states have disintegrated along national lines, and today, many more, in both the first and the third worlds, continue to witness bitter secessionist struggles. The proliferation of national conflicts and secessionist movements has given rise to manyimportant questions which urgently need to be addressed. When is seccession justified? What is a people and what gives them a right to secede? Is national determination consistent with liberal and democratic principles? Or is it a dangerous doctrine? In the years following 1991, when Allen Buchanan published Secession, a number of competing theories of the ethics of secession have been put forward. This pathbreaking study, by a host of leading figures in the field, brings together for the first time a series of original essays on thesetheories. Offering fresh insight into debates about contested territory, the problem of minorities, and the place of secession in resolving national conflicts, this volume provides a much-needed philosophical discussion of the normative implications of nationalism.

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In recent years, numerous multi-national states have disintegrated along national lines, and today, many more, in both the first and the third worlds, continue to witness bitter secessionist struggles. The proliferation of national conflicts and secessionist movements has given rise to manyimportant questions which urgently need to be...

Margaret Moore is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo, Canada. She was previously employed at York University, Toronto, Canada. She is the author of Foundations of Liberalism (Clarendon Press, 1993), and numerous articles on liberalism, nationalism, and self-determination.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:September 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198293844

ISBN - 13:9780198293842

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Table of Contents

1. Margaret Moore: Introduction: The Self-Determination Principle and the Ethics of Secession2. Allen Buchanan: Democracy and Secession3. Wayne Norman: The Ethics of Secession as the Regulation of Secessionist Politics4. David Miller: Secession and the Principle of Nationality5. Daniel Philpott: Self-Determination in Practice6. Kai Nielsen: Liberal Nationalism and Secession7. Margaret Moore: The Territorial Dimension of Self-Determination8. Ronald S. Beiner: National Self-Determination: Some Cautionary Remarks Concerning the Rhetoric of Rights9. Donald L. Horowitz: Self-Determination: Politics, Philosophy, Law10. John McGarry: Orphans of Secession: National Pluralism in Secessionist Regions and Post-Secession States11. Rogers Brubaker: Myths and Misconceptions in the Study of Nationalism

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`immensely helpful in providing a proper perspective.' A.G. Noorani, Frontline Aug. 00.