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Inside the Politics of Self-Determination$
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Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199364909

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199364909.001.0001

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A Theory of Self-Determination Politics

A Theory of Self-Determination Politics

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(p.22) Chapter 2 A Theory of Self-Determination Politics
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Inside the Politics of Self-Determination
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Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199364909.003.0002

This chapter presents the theory of the book, which builds on bargaining models of conflict by extending the logic to bargaining over self-determination and integrating complexity of the actors engaged into the bargain. The chapter demonstrates that the number of factions within states and self-determination (SD) groups and the connections between them create differing internal political dynamics for each actor. Of special importance are if and when factions can represent veto points with ability to reject bargains. Such internal political dynamics have important consequences for the ability of states and SD groups to overcome challenges of bargaining related to credibility and uncertainty. They create incentives for actors to pursue different strategies in the bargain over self-determination, and these incentives and constraints affect the chance of accommodation of SD groups, and the likelihood of violence between states and SD groups and within SD groups.

Keywords:   internal political dynamics, factions, veto points, bargaining, self-determination, SD

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