Recursive secessions in former Yugoslavia: Too hard a case for theories of secession?

Aleksandar Pavković*

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Abstract

The recent experience of the former Yugoslavia provides an important test case for appraising theories of secession. This article begins with an outline of the main candidate justifications for a right to secession; withdrawal of consent; remedial right only; national self-determination and hybrids of these arguments. The article then provides a survey of the experience of the various secessions in the former Yugoslavia and draws attention to the particular problem of recursive secessions - that is counter secessions by minorities within the new 'republics'. The discussion of recursive secession provides an additional criterion for assessing the adequacy of candidate theories of justified secession.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)485-502
Number of pages18
JournalPolitical Studies
Volume48
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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