Show Less
Open access

Federalism and Secession

Series:

Edited By Jorge Cagiao y Conde and Alain-G. Gagnon

The controversial issue of secession has received little attention from experts of federalism. The best federal studies either evade it or dismiss it in a few lines. However, the issue of secession has been present throughout the history of federations. This book is one of the first to explore the complex relationship between federalism and secession.

The authors whose work is presented here recognize the potential of federalism as a way to organize relations between several different states, peoples, nations or territories under the same government. However, they are not naïve or idealist about the ability of the federal idea to succeed in the complex situations in which it is applied. In some cases success seems assured (the United States, Switzerland, Germany, etc.), and the merits of federalism can be showcased. But there are also failures (the former Yugoslavia, or more recently Brexit) and semi-failures that have generated turbulence in recent years in devolutive systems (Scotland in the United Kingdom, Catalonia in Spain) or federative systems (Québec in Canada).

This book provides a nuanced portrait of the issue of secession in federal contexts and lays the groundwork for questioning the still too fragile legacy of the great thinkers of federalism.

Show Summary Details
Open access

Copyright

←5 | 6→

This publication has been peer reviewed.

Any representation or reproduction, in whole or in part, made by any means whatsoever,

without the consent of the publisher or his successors in title, is illegal. All

rights reserved.

©   P.I.E. PETER LANG S.A.

Éditions scientifiques internationales

Bruxelles, 2021

1 avenue Maurice, B-1050 Bruxelles, Belgique

www.peterlang.com; brussels@peterlang.com

ISSN 2031-0331

Bibliographic Information published by the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek

The Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche

Nationalbibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available online at

http://dnb.d-nb.de.