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A Nation Confronting a Secessionist Claim: Italy and the Lega Nord

Michel Huysseune

in Contextualizing Secession

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780199258710
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601880 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199258716.003.0002
 A Nation Confronting a Secessionist Claim: Italy and the Lega Nord

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The Lega Nord’s justification of the secession of northern Italy is based on the right of self-determination of the northern Italian, ‘Padanian’ nation, and on grievances against the Italian state, particularly its redistributive policies. Discusses the legitimacy of these arguments and the relevance of institutional reforms proposed as an alternative to secession.

Keywords: federalism; Italy; Lega Nord; Padania; regionalism; secession

Chapter.  13116 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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