Secessionism and Autonomy

15 March 2022
Federal Scholar in Residence - Eurac Research

Why are some nationalist movements strongly secessionist? In other words, why is the predominant objective of some movements outright independence as opposed to increased autonomy within the state? I say ‘predominant’ because nationalist movements are almost always internally divided between autonomist and a secessionist streams. There is potential for the movement as a whole to go either way, towards seeking increased autonomy or outright independence.

André Lecours

André Lecours is Professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa and Vice-President of the Canadian Political Science Association. His main research interests are nationalism and federalism. He is the editor of "New Institutionalism. Theory and Analysis" published by the University of Toronto Press in 2005, the author of "Basque Nationalism and the Spanish State" (University of Nevada Press, 2007), the co-author (with Daniel Béland) of "Nationalism and Social Policy. The Politics of Territorial Solidarity" (Oxford University Press, 2008); the co-author (with Daniel Béland, Gregory Marchildon, Haizhen Mou and Rose Olfert) of "Fiscal Federalism and Equalization Policy in Canada. Political and Economic Dimensions" (University of Toronto Press, 2017); and the author of "Nationalism, Secessionism, and Autonomy" (Oxford University Press, 2021). He was the Federal Scholar in Residence at Eurac Research in 2017.


Lecours, A. Secessionism and Autonomy.

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