The meaning of secession

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There is no generally accepted definition of secession as a form of State creation. Of the various definitions, most scholars give it a narrow meaning by insisting that secession be opposed by the host State and/or involve the use or threat of force. Often scholars also define secession to exclude, totally or partially, State creation resulting from decolonisation. On the other hand, some scholars, in emphasising that secession is a process of State creation upon territory that was not, of itself, previously a State, proffer definitions of secession that do not include some or all of the exclusionary elements set out in the narrow definitions of secession.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge handbook of self-determination and secession
EditorsRyan D. Griffiths, Aleksandar Pavković, Peter Radan
Place of PublicationLondon ; New York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781003036593
ISBN (Print)9780367478117, 9780367692469
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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NameRoutledge International Handbooks


  • secession


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