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The Political Economy of Independence in Europe

1st Edition

By Hana Lipovská


240 pages | 111 B/W Illus.

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This book examines secessionism, separatism and calls for independence in the European Union, in recent history and within an economic context. It contributes to the deeper understanding of factors influencing the individual decision-making processes around secession, using economic analysis to answer a set of simple questions about who the secessionists are, what they really want, what their incentives are and why it is easier to declare their secessionist tendencies than to vote for secession.

This a highly topical theme, given the secessionist referenda in Catalonia, Scotland, Ukraine, Kosovo and the United Kingdom and this book offers a unique contribution to the debate. It is based on an exclusive survey carried out among members of the pro-independence parties and movements across 17 European countries and 56 European regions. It uses the instruments of the Political Economy of Conflict to reveal the importance of romantic and economic factors influencing the drive towards secession. Secessions have been regarded as a purely romantic phenomenon that cannot be rationalised, whereas this book connects the sensibility of romantic factors such as language, religion or ethnicity with the sense of economic factors through its rational, economic approach. Furthermore, it applies the standard methodology of microeconomic analysis to discover the impact of individual pro-secessionist factors. An integral part of the text presents a brief historic overview, uncovering the lesser-known path-dependency.

The book will find an audience among researchers, scholars and students of economics and political science, as well as policy-makers and professionals engaged with a secessionist agenda.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

List of Appendices


List of Abbreviations


1 Secession in Political Economy of Conflict

1.1 Political economy of conflict

1.2 Theory of Secession

1.2.1 Secession as a conflict in the political economy

1.2.2 Secession as a conflict over territory

1.3 Practice of the secession

1.3.1 Secessionist waves in Europe

1.3.2 Secessionist parties and movements *

1.3.3 Secessionist political parties and their attitude towards EU

1.3.4 Role of leaders

1.4 The Reasons for secession

1.4.1 Romantic factors

1.4.2 Economic factors

1.5 Solutions of secession in the economic theory

1.5.1 Secession and the property rights

1.5.2 Fiscal decentralism


2 Metohodology and Data

2.1 Methodology

2.2 Data

2.2.1 A survey on autonomist and pro-independence movements

2.2.2 Survey description

2.3 Other data sources


3 Romantic and Economic factors: empirical results

3.1 Description of the respondents

3.2 Romantic factors

3.2.1 Informal institutions

3.2.2 Formal institutions

3.3 Economic factors

3.3.1 Macroeconomic factors

3.3.2 Microeconomic factors

3.4 Cobb-Douglas function


4 Secessionist profile of Flanders and South Tyrol

4.1 Flanders

4.2 South Tyrol









About the Author

Hana Lipovská is a lecturer at the Faculty of Economics and Administration, Masaryk University, Czech Republic.

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Routledge Studies in the European Economy

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic Conditions
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / Macroeconomics
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Money & Monetary Policy
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / Comparative
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / Theory
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Economic Conditions