What Sort of a Right Is the Right to Secede?

Neera Chandhoke

in Contested Secessions

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780198077978
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080977 | DOI:
What Sort of a Right Is the Right to Secede?

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The argument in this chapter addresses the issue of why rights should be justified, and what the processes of such justification are. The first section of this chapter addresses this particular issue and suggests that there are certain sorts of rights that need to be justified by reference to core moral rights, so that they can command a measure of acceptability. The second part of the chapter maps the three different ways in which the right of secession has been justified by political philosophers. The third section suggests that the ‘remedial right only’ theory or the just cause theory proves appropriate for contested secessions. Still, we have to take on board dilemmas and moral considerations that might not find place on the agenda of liberal political philosophers based in the West and theorizing for the West. The right of secession appears then much weaker.

Keywords: Justification; core moral rights; contingent rights; consent; Locke; remedial rights only theory; just cause

Chapter.  17757 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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