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Federalism and Secession


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.

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Series Titles

N° 1 – François Charbonneau et Martin Nadeau (dir.), L’histoire à l’épreuve de la diversité culturelle, 173 p., 2008.

N° 2 – Hugo Cyr, Canadian Federalism and Treaty Powers. Organic Constitutionalism at Work, 305 p., 2009.

N° 3 – Ricard Zapata-Barrero (ed.), Immigration and Self-government of Minority Nations, 177 p., 2009.

N° 4 – Ferran Requejo, Fédéralisme multinational et pluralisme de valeurs. Le cas espagnol, 199 p., 2009.

N° 5 – Charles Gaucher et Stéphane Vibert, Les Sourds : aux origines d’une identité plurielle, 228 p., 2010.

N° 6 – Christophe Parent, Le concept d’État fédéral multinational. Essai sur l’union des peuples, 495 p., 2011.

N° 7 – Daniel Innerarity, The Transformation of Politics. Governing in the Age of Complex Societies, 154 p., 2010.

N° 8 – Jacques Beauchemin (dir.), Mémoire et démocratie en occident. Concurrence des mémoires ou concurrence victimaire, 136 p., 2011.

N° 9 – Alain-G. Gagnon et Ferran Requejo (dir.), Nations en quête de reconnaissance. Regards croisés Québec-Catalogne, 241 p., 2011.

N° 10 – Michel Seymour et Guy Laforest (dir.), Le fédéralisme multinational. Un modèle viable ?, 343 p., 2011.

N° 11 – Ramón Máiz, The Inner Frontier, 223 p., 2012.

N° 12 – Louis-Philippe Lampron, La hiérarchie des droits. Convictions religieuses et droits fondamentaux au Canada, 396 p., 2012.

N° 13 – Min Reuchamps, L’avenir du fédéralisme en Belgique et au Canada. Quand les citoyens en parlent, 264 p., 2011.

N° 14 – Victor Armony y Stéphanie Rousseau (eds.), Diversidad cultural, desigualdades y democratización en América Latina, 281 p., 2012.

N° 15 – Chantal Maillé, Greg M. Nielsen & Daniel Salée (eds.), Revealing Democracy. Secularism and Religion in Liberal Democratic States, 176 p., 2013.

N° 16 – Eduardo J. Ruiz-Vieytez, United in Diversity? On Cultural Diversity, Democracy and Human Rights, 131 p., 2014.

N° 17 – Bernard Gagnon et Jackie F. Steele (dir.), Concilier démocratie et diversité, 222 p., 2014.

N° 18 – Alain-G. Gagnon and José María Sauca (eds.), Negotiating Diversity. Identity, Pluralism and Democracy, 260 p., 2014.

N° 19 – Jorge Cagiao y Conde et Alfredo Gómez-Muller (dir.), Le multiculturalisme et la reconfiguration de l’unité et de la diversité dans les démocraties contemporaines, 303 p., 2014.

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N° 20 – Guy Laforest, Interpreting Quebec’s Exile Within the Federation. Selected Political Essays, 206 p., 2014.

N° 21 – Dolores Morondo Taramundi and Eduardo Ruiz Vieytez, Diversidad religiosa, integración social y acomodos. Un análisis desde la realidad local en el caso vasco, 210 p., 2014.

N° 22 – Gérard Bouchard, L’Europe en quête d’Européens. Pour un nouveau rapport entre Bruxelles et les nations, 224 p., 2017.

N° 23 – Stéphan Gervais, Raffaele Iacovino and Mary Anne Poutanen (eds.),Engaging with Diversity. Multidisciplinary Reflections on Plurality from Québec, 224 p., 2018.

N° 24 – Richard Nadeau, Éric Bélanger, Michael S. Lewis-Beck, Mathieu Turgeon, François Gélineau, María Celeste Ratto, Elecciones Latinoamericanas. Selección y Cambio de Voto, 270 p., 2019.

N° 25 – Jorge Cagiao y Conde et Alain-G. Gagnon (dir.), Fédéralisme et Sécession, 204 p., 2019.

N° 26 – Jorge Cagiao y Conde and Alain-G. Gagnon (Eds.), Federalism and Secession, 198 p., 2021.