A Theory of Secession

A Theory of Secession

by Christopher Heath Wellman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1107407230

ISBN-13: 9781107407237

Pub. Date: 09/13/2012

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

A self-described statist, Wellman (philosophy, Washinton U.) argues that any group of people has the moral right to secede and form a state as long as the secession will leave both resulting states in a position to perform the requisite political functions. From this position, he criticizes Abraham Lincoln's arguments against the Confederacy's secession, finding all

Overview

A self-described statist, Wellman (philosophy, Washinton U.) argues that any group of people has the moral right to secede and form a state as long as the secession will leave both resulting states in a position to perform the requisite political functions. From this position, he criticizes Abraham Lincoln's arguments against the Confederacy's secession, finding all of them wanting, but arguing that the Union was nevertheless justified in resisting the secession. He then considers the argument that recognizing the right to secede will corrupt democracies by allowing minority groups to threaten secession in order to achieve undue influence, proposing in contrast that democratic changes that might result would in fact be an improvement. Finally, he considers how the right to secession might be institutionalized in international law and presents a description of how such an institutionalization would led to decreases in injustice, group grievances, separatist passion, and the importance of state sovereignty. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107407237
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/13/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
214
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The case for statism; 3. Valuing self-determination; 4. Lincoln on secession; 5. The truth in nationalism; 6. Political coercion and exploitation; 7. Secession and international law; 8. The velvet transformation.

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