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Secessionism: Identity, Interest, and Strategy

Secessionism: Identity, Interest, and Strategy

by Jason Sorens


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Using innovative methods to analyze both advanced democracies and developing countries, Jason Sorens shows how central governments can alleviate or increase ethnic minority demands for regional autonomy. He argues that when countries treat secession as negotiable and provide legal paths to pursuing it rather than absolutely prohibiting independence, violence is far less likely. Additionally, independence movements encourage government policies of decentralization that may be beneficial to regional minorities. An informative investigation of the root causes of political violence, Secessionism provides a clear-eyed look at independence movements for both governments and secessionists.

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ISBN-13: 9780773538962
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date: 02/13/2012
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jason Sorens is assistant professor of political science at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.

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