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Contextualizing Secession: Normative Studies in Comparative Perspective

Bruno Coppieters and Richard Sakwa


The book focuses on four key themes that are central to the ethics of secession. The first examines the application of ‘choice’ and of remedial ‘just cause’ normative arguments on secession. The second discusses the problem of violence in secessionist struggles and the ensuing relationship between just war theory and the ethics of secession. The third problem is the relationship between nationhood and citizenship, and, in particular, the question of applying what has now become a conventional distinction between ethnic and civic representations of the political community. Finally, the contenti ... More

Keywords: abkhazia, chechnya, corsica, cyprus, ethnic conflicts, lega Nord, nationalism, quebec, secession, self-determination, taiwan, tatarstan, yugoslavia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199258710
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199258716.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bruno Coppieters, editor
Associate Professor of Political Science, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
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Richard Sakwa, editor
Professor of Russian and European Politics, University of Kent at Canterbury
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