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[ex libris] Nationalism, Secessionism, and Autonomy

André Lecours Oxford University Press, 2021

  • English
  • Date: 09.12.2021, 15-16.30
  • Place: Zoom
  • Typology: Online Event

The strength of secessionism in liberal-democracies varies in time and space. Inspired by historical institutionalism, Nationalism, Secessionism, and Autonomy argues that such variation is explained by the extent to which autonomy evolves in time. If autonomy adjusts to the changing identity, interests, and circumstances of an internal national community, nationalism is much less likely to be strongly secessionist than if autonomy is a final, unchangeable settlement. Developing a controlled comparison of, on the one hand, Catalonia and Scotland, where autonomy has been mostly static during key periods of time, and, on the other hand, Flanders and South Tyrol, where it has been dynamic, and also considering the Basque Country, Québec, and Puerto Rico as additional cases, this book puts forward an elegant theory of secessionism in liberal-democracies: dynamic autonomy staves off secessionism while static autonomy stimulates it.

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9 December 2021

Opening remarks The Honorable Stéphane Dion, Canadian Ambassador to Germany, Special Envoy to the EU and Europe

Author of the book André Lecours, University of Ottawa

Discussants Sean Müller, University of Lausanne Elisabeth Alber, Institute for Comparative Federalism, Eurac Research

Concluding remarks Francesco Palermo, University of Verona and Institute for Comparative Federalism, Eurac Research

Moderation Francisco Javier Romero Caro, Institute for Comparative Federalism, Eurac Research

The project DATE - Diversity Accommodation through Territorial Equalization of Francisco Javier Romero Caro has received funding from the Autonomous Province of Bolzano/Bozen, Seal of Excellence, Unique Project Code (CUP): D52F19000180003.

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Francisco Javier Romero Caro, Eurac Research – Institute for Comparative Federalism

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