Democracy and Secession

Allen Buchanan

in National Self-Determination and Secession

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780198293842
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599941 | DOI:
 Democracy and Secession

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This chapter takes issue with a common argument linking democracy, understood as popular sovereignty, and rights to secession. Buchanan argues that the justifications for democracy and for recognizing a group's right to secede are quite distinct, and that a commitment to democracy is consistent with a constrained stance on secession.

Keywords: democracy; secession; sovereignty

Chapter.  9387 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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