The Politics of Self-Determination

Beyond the Decolonisation Process

By Kristina Roepstorff

© 2013 – Routledge

194 pages

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pub: 2012-10-19
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About the Book

Since the formation of the UN in 1945 the international community has witnessed a number of violent self-determination conflicts such as the disintegration of Yugoslavia, Chechnya, Kashmir, and South Sudan that have been a major cause of humanitarian crises and destruction. This book examines the scope and applicability of political self-determination beyond the decolonisation process.

Explaining the historical evolution of self-determination, this book provides a theoretical examination of the concept and background. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the author analyses self-determination in relation to contemporary conflicts, which inform and drive a coherent theoretical framework for international responses to claims for self-determination. Built upon an examination of the conceptual foundations of self-determination, this book presents a new understanding and application of self-determination. It addresses the important question of whether self-determination claims legitimate armed violence, either by the self-determining group’s right to rebel, or by the international community in the form of humanitarian intervention.

The Politics of Self-Determination will be of interest to students and scholars of political science, international relations, security studies and conflict studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: Self-Determination 1. Self-Determination, Decolonisation and the United Nations 2. The Shortcomings of the Current Law of Self-Determination 3. Self-Determination and the Contemporary Political Context Part 2: Conceptual Foundations of Self-Determination 4. Conceptualising Self-Determination 5. Self-Determination as a Human Right of Groups 6. Diversity and Inclusion Part 3: Realising Self-Determination 7. Secession and Independent Statehood 8. Self-Determination Short of Independent Statehood 9. Self-Determination and Armed Violence

About the Author

Dr Kristina Roepstorff is a Government of Canada Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Simon Fraser University Vancouver, Canada.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics

International relations is a rapidly changing area of research, reacting to and anticipating an ever more integrated and globalised world. This series aims to publish the best new work in the field of international relations, and of politics more generally. Books in the series challenge existing empirical and normative theories, and advance new paradigms as well as presenting significant new research.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General