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National Self-Determination and Secession$
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Margaret Moore

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198293842

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198293844.001.0001

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Democracy and Secession

Democracy and Secession

(p.14) 2 Democracy and Secession
National Self-Determination and Secession

Allen Buchanan (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter takes issue with a common argument linking democracy, understood as popular sovereignty, and rights to secession. Buchanan argues that the justifications for democracy and for recognizing a group's right to secede are quite distinct, and that a commitment to democracy is consistent with a constrained stance on secession.

Keywords:   democracy, secession, sovereignty

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