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Self-Determination and Collective Responsibility in the Secessionist Struggle

1st Edition

By Costas Laoutides

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266 pages

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The often violent emergence of new independent states following the end of the Cold War generated discussion about the normative grounds of territorial separatism. A number of opposing approaches surfaced debating whether and under which circumstances there is a right for a community to secede from its host country. Overwhelmingly, these studies placed emphasis on the right to secession and neglected the moral stance of secessionist movements as agents in international relations. In this book Costas Laoutides explores the collective moral agency involved in secessionist struggles offering a theoretical model for the collective responsibility of secessionist groups. Case-studies on the Kurds and the people of Moldova-Transdniestria illustrate the author’s theoretical arguments as he seeks to establish how, although the principle of self-determination was envisaged as a means of gradually bestowing political power upon the people, it never managed to realize its full potential because it was interpreted strictly within a framework of exclusionary politics of identity.

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’The challenges posed to the world’s political boundaries by secessionist movements are both complex and enduring. The political rights and moral aspirations of groups are frequently difficult to reconcile with the prevailing world order, often causing severe hardship and intractable conflict. In this original and insightful study, Costas Laoutides provides a new conceptual guide to understanding self-determination in the modern world. Drawing on the case studies of Kurds and the people of Moldova-Transdniestria, he focuses on the collective moral responsibility of secessionist groups to unlock the unrealised potential of the principle as it was originally conceived. With this approach, Laoutides breaks a theoretical blockage in the subject and redirects scholarship into more hopeful and productive channels. A timely study which is centrally relevant to international politics today, and highly recommended.’ Scott Burchill, Deakin University, Australia ’In this topical book Dr Laoutides explores the collective moral agency involved in secessionist struggles and offers a convincing theoretical model for the collective responsibility of secessionist groups. Laoutides argues that although self-determination was envisaged as the emancipatory means it failed to realize its potential because it was interpreted within a framework of exclusionary politics of identity.’ Alexis Heraclides, Panteion University, Greece

About the Author

Costas Laoutides is a Lecturer in International Relations at Deakin University.

About the Series

Non-State Actors in International Law, Politics and Governance Series

Non-State Actors in International Law, Politics and Governance Series
The proliferation of non-state actors in the international system over the last three decades has increased the need for a broader theoretical analysis and empirical validation. The series explores the capabilities and impact of non-state actors, such as privately-based transnational corporations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international criminal organizations, and liberation movements, as well as intergovernmental organizations (in which NGO’s often participate). The series seeks to address this need and to deepen the knowledge and understanding of non-state actors by scholars, practitioners and students in the fields of international law, politics and governance. By emphasizing legal, political and governance aspects of non-state actors’ activities at the international (global or regional) level, the series intends to transcend traditional disciplinary and organizational boundaries.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL011000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POL031000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Nationalism