Secessionism: Identity, Interest, and Strategy

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 2012 - 224 psl.
There are numerous regions where movements for sovereignty or independence are seen as serious alternatives to the status quo. Quebec, Scotland, Catalonia, and Flanders have followed a generally non-violent, political process, while movements in Kashmir, the Basque Country, Chechnya, and Kurdistan have led to militancy or civil war. Secessionism is the first work to examine why secessionist struggles occur and why some of them become violent, while offering constructive suggestions for keeping the peace in contested regions.
Using innovative methods to analyze both advanced democracies and developing countries, Jason Sorens shows how central governments can alleviate or increase ethnic minority demands for regional autonomy. He argues that when countries treat secession as negotiable and provide legal paths to pursuing it rather than absolutely prohibiting independence, violence is far less likely. Additionally, independence movements encourage government policies of decentralization that may be beneficial to regional minorities.
An informative investigation of the root causes of political violence, Secessionism provides a clear-eyed look at independence movements for both governments and secessionists.
 

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Understanding Secession
3
1 The Positive Theory of Secession
19
2 Explaining the Causes of Secessionism Worldwide
52
3 Secessionism in Advanced Democracies
74
4 Secessionism and Rebellion
112
5 Secessionism and Autonomy
139
The Future of Secessionist Politics
153
Supporting Data
163
Notes
183
Bibliography
201
Index
215
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Jason Sorens is assistant professor of political science at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.

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