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Introduction: The Self‐Determination Principle and the Ethics of Secession

Margaret Moore

in National Self-Determination and Secession

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780198293842
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599941 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198293844.003.0001
 Introduction: The Self‐Determination Principle and the Ethics of Secession

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This introductory chapter examines the debates concerning who are the people and the relevant territorial unit in which they should exercise self‐determination. It distinguishes between three types of arguments concerning conditions under which there might be a right (or justified claim) to secede: (1) choice theories, (2) just‐cause theories, and (3) national self‐determination theories.

Keywords: choice; ethics; just cause; nation; national self‐determination; nationalism; secession; territory

Chapter.  5697 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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