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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 Survey of Contemporary Self-Determination Politics

A Survey of Contemporary Self-Determination Politics

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(p.49) Chapter 3 A Survey of Contemporary 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/9780199364909.003.0003

This chapter explores empirically the phenomenon of self-determination politics and provides detailed discussion of variation in the internal structure of states and self-determination groups. It provides an overview of India’s experience with multiple challenges over self-determination. India’s history of factional unrest; its ways of resolving that through the creation of new states with political autonomy; and the Indian system of constitutional government and multiparty democracy are analyzed to provide the background for the study. The chapter then introduces the three cases that are used throughout the book: the Naga, Mizo, and Bodo groups. Through a series of graphs and discussions of the data, the chapter demonstrates that internal divisions are common in both states and self-determination groups and that these actors are dynamic, showing dramatic changes in internal structure over time.

Keywords:   self-determination, nation-state, internal divisions, India, Naga, Mizo, Bodo, political autonomy

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