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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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Accommodation in Self-Determination Politics

Accommodation in Self-Determination Politics

(p.68) Chapter 4 Accommodation in Self-Determination Politics
Inside the Politics of Self-Determination

Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham

Oxford University Press

This chapter evaluates how internal divisions in states and self-determination (SD) groups affect when states accommodate these groups in their quest for autonomy. The theory developed in the book predicts that moderately divided states are best able to make concessions to SD groups because they are more credible bargaining partners than unitary states, but are less likely to be internally deadlocked than extremely divided states. Highly divided SD groups are most likely to be accommodated because divisions in these groups create incentives for states to use accommodation strategically to reveal information about what the SD group will settle for and to co-opt or strengthen moderates in a divided group. New data on factions in SD groups and accommodation in SD disputes, and existing data on factions in states, strongly supports each of these predictions.

Keywords:   accommodation, autonomy, SD groups, quantitative analysis, statistics, concessions

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