Contested Secessions Rights, Self-determination, Democracy, and Kashmir
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- Format: Hardcover
- Copyright: 01/15/2014
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Chandhoke's analysis draws from several disciplinary perspectives to focus on secession-both consensual and contested-and its legitimacy. This is an area hitherto ignored by Western, liberal theories of secession. She discusses at length the specificities of cases of 'contested secessions' as opposed to the Western theory of 'consensual secessions'. The objective is to develop normative principles which can help map, and sort out vexatious issues in contested secessions which are characterized by extensive violence, third party intervention, and dissenting minorities. The author criticizes the use of state violence in contested secessionist movements and supports her argument by citing examples of secessions across the globe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She suggests that the solution to secession could come by recourse to political autonomy through the establishment of self-governing institutions.