Chapter

Introduction

Neera Chandhoke

in Contested Secessions

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780198077978
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080977 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077978.003.0001
Introduction

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Liberal theorists tend to deny the right of secession to illiberal groups. Yet, whereas the group might well be the ‘wrong’ one, the cause for which it seeks to secede might just be the ‘right one’, notably injustice. Deny the right of secession and the group is denied justice. Grant illiberal groups the right of secession, and there is very real danger that the state it establishes might be illiberal to a high degree. The objective of the introduction is to build into liberal theories of secession the experience of contested secessions, so that normative questions can be asked of these cases as well. During the process of addressing these questions, additional factors that mediate the context and the text need to be registered, the moral implications of these factors noted, and theories of secession accordingly adjusted. The second part of the introduction introduces six constitutive dimensions of the Kashmir issue.

Keywords: United Nations; self-determination; Canadian Supreme Court; Quebec; violence; Bangladesh

Chapter.  22104 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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