Neera Chandhoke

in Contested Secessions

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780198077978
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080977 | DOI:

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The refusal of international law to recognize secession serves to push the reasons for, or the justification of, secession under the metaphorical carpet. But secession is not only about partitions, but also about the state that does or does not provide justice to its people. The subject is best approached from the vantage point of normative political theory. This enables us to respond in politically innovative ways to secession and reflect on how the flaws of a formally democratic, but an imperfectly just order, can be negotiated. In other words, if secession is a response to certain conditions that prevail in a given state, the challenge is to neutralize these conditions. In the final instance, the vital issue is not only the sanctity of territorial borders. The issue is whether these borders contain a political community that is organized on principles of democracy and justice.

Keywords: Civic nations; organic nations; ethno-nationalism; nationalism; national self-determination

Chapter.  10029 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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