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Secession : the morality of political divorce from Fort Sumter to Lithuania and Quebec

Author: Allen E Buchanan
Publisher: Boulder : Westview Press, 1991.
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This important study, the first book-length treatment of an increasingly crucial topic, treats the moral issues of secession at two levels. At the practical level, Professor Buchanan develops a coherent theory of the conditions under which secession is morally justifiable. He then applies it to historical and contemporary examples, including the U.S. Civil War and more recent events in Bangladesh, Katanga, and  Read more...
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Buchanan, Allen E., 1948-
Secession.
Boulder : Westview Press, 1991
(OCoLC)551407716
Online version:
Buchanan, Allen E., 1948-
Secession.
Boulder : Westview Press, 1991
(OCoLC)609189734
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Allen E Buchanan
ISBN: 0813311322 9780813311326 0813311330 9780813311333
OCLC Number: 23356741
Description: xviii, 174 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The problems of secession --
The practical need for a theory of secession --
Secession and the main problems of political philosophy --
The plan of this book --
The concept of secession: Preliminary clarification --
2. The morality of secession --
The strategy --
The case for a moral right to secede --
Individual and group rights? --
3. The moral case against secession --
Protecting legitimate expectations --
Self-defense (as a justification for resisting secession) --
Protecting majority rule --
Minimization of strategic bargaining --
Soft paternalism --
The threat of anarchy--
Preventing wrongful taking --
Distributive justice --
4. A constitutional right to secede --
The need for a constitutional theory of secession --
A framework for constitutional design --
Two pairs of ideal type models for a constitutional right to secede --
The problem of representation --
A right to secede versus other constitutional rights for groups --
5. Conclusions --
An overview of moral and constitutional theory of secession --
Applying the theory.
Responsibility: Allen Buchanan.
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This important study, the first book-length treatment of an increasingly crucial topic, treats the moral issues of secession at two levels. At the practical level, Professor Buchanan develops a coherent theory of the conditions under which secession is morally justifiable. He then applies it to historical and contemporary examples, including the U.S. Civil War and more recent events in Bangladesh, Katanga, and Biafra, the Baltic states, South Africa, and Quebec. This is the first systematic account of the conditions and terms that justify secession from a political union. But Buchanan also locates this account of the right to secede in the broader context of contemporary political thought, introducing readers to influential accounts of political society such as contractarianism and communitarianism, and showing how the possibility of secession fits into a more complete understanding of political community and political obligation. At both levels this is an important book. It will interest not just political and social theorists but any reader concerned with one of the most momentous issues of our day: the future of troubled political federations and other states under conditions of ethnic and cultural pluralism.--Publisher description.

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