Secession and Self-Determination: NOMOS XLV

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Overview

The many questions that surround movements for secession and self-determination are both practically urgent and theoretically perplexing. The United States settled its secession crisis in the 1860s. But the trauma and unfinished business of those events are still with us. Around the world secession and self-determination are the key issues that cause strife and instability.

This volume provides an unusually comprehensive consideration of the many challenges of law and political philosophy that accompany them, and offers theoretical insights that provide guidance for policy. Among the questions considered are: should the international community recognize a right to secede and, if so, what conditions must be satisfied before the right can be asserted? Should secession and its conditions be recognized within domestic constitutions? Secession is the most extreme form of political separation and there are modes of self-determination short of it, including indigenous peoples' self-government and minority language rights. To what degree can these intrastate autonomy arrangements help ameliorate the injustices faced by indigenous groups?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814756898
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Series: Nomos Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Macedo is Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and the Director of the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University.

Allen Buchanan is Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy at Duke University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Contributors
Introduction 1
1 International Responses to Separatist Claims: Are Democratic Principles Relevant? 19
2 A Right to Secede? 50
3 Democratic Principles and Separatist Claims: A Response and Further Inquiry 77
4 An Historical Argument for Indigenous Self-Determination 89
5 Indigenous Self-Government 119
6 Exploring the Boundaries of Language Rights: Insiders, Newcomers, and Natives 136
7 Can the Immigrant/National Minority Dichotomy Be Defended? Comment on Ruth Rubio-Marin 174
8 Domesticating Secession 193
9 The Quebec Secession Issue: Democracy, Minority Rights, and the Rule of Law 238
10 Secession, Constitutionalism, and American Experience 272
Index 315
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