Secession and the Principle of Nationality

David Miller

in National Self-Determination and Secession

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780198293842
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599941 | DOI:
 Secession and the Principle of Nationality

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This chapter argues that the principle of nationality offers a perspective on the secession issue that avoids condoning a secessionist free‐for‐all without forcing us to defend existing state boundaries regardless. It suggests the need for a contextual approach to secession, examining the extent to which different groups have or have not evolved separate national identities, how minorities are likely to fare under various possible regimes, and whether partial autonomy regimes might be more justified than secession.

Keywords: boundaries; context; minorities; national identity; nationality; partial autonomy; secession

Chapter.  8754 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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