Nationalism, Referendums and Democracy: Voting on Ethnic Issues and Independence

1st Edition

Matt Qvortrup

Published May 31, 2013
Reference - 160 Pages
ISBN 9780415831116 - CAT# Y148877


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Democracy is above all about majority rule. But which majority should rule if a part of a country wants to secede and become independent? Should the majority of the whole country decide? Or only the majority in the part that seeks to become independent be allowed to vote? Referendums and democracy have often been perceived to be almost incompatible with nationalism and ethnicity. Are they? Are there limits to democracy and the use of referendums? This book looks at these issues through a comprehensive study of the referendums held on ethnic and nationalist issues since the French Revolution. It analyses the pros and cons of referendums and presents a nuanced and up-to date tour d’horizon of the academic and scholarly writings on the subject by experts in international law, comparative politics and international law.

This book was published as a special issue of Nationalism and Ethnic Politics.

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