Theories of Secession

Theories of Secession

Theories of Secession

Theories of Secession

Synopsis

Theories of Secession presents a systematic analysis of the recent rise of secessionist movements in global politics. Bringing together some of the most respected scholars in their field, this study locates the right to secede in the context of contemporary political theory. The chapters deal with problems of nationalism and federalism, special rights to secede, conditions of ethnic and cultural pluralism and asks if constitutions should include a right to secede.

Excerpt

In relation to the concept of the 'people', the concept of the 'nation-state' is quite a puzzling one in political science. On the one hand, the relationship is considered one of the core subjects that needs no further justification. On the other hand, the relationship between nation, state and the the people is amongst the most intensely contested concepts, in particular by political theorists. This volume suggests that it should also be the subject for debate among a much wider readership. the volume demonstrates that political theorists can addresss topics that are relevant for all of us today, for it focuses on one of the most hotly debated issues of our time: why and on what grounds is secession from an existing nation-state justifiable? Equally important, on what grounds is the existing power and authority justified to force secessionist movement to remain within the realm?

In this volume, two terms emerge which form as it were a 'Siamese twin': ethnos, that is what unites fundamentally a large number of individuals according to their socio-cultural and socio-economic attributes, and demos, that is the political unification of individuals and with that the 'bearers' of authority over a geographically defined area. in accordance with the metaphor of the 'Siamese twin', the question is then: how can demos and ethnos live together?

The tension between national unity and statehood by means of delegation is not merely a theoretical one, but very much in existence. in modern history, especially since Napoleonic times, there have been numerous instances of national struggles for independence, as well as of the integration of sovereign states. European examples include Belgian independence (1830-1839), the Italian and German unification of the 1870s, as well as the Balkan wars leading up to the Great War of 1914-1918. Each of these examples can be seen as an instance of creating both statehood and nation-formation. in particular, the Great War was a watermark for a new concept of nation-state with respect to

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