The Dynamics of Secession

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This paper presents an analysis of secession based on rational choice premises. From these premises, secession is seen to be the outcome of a series of collective decisions made by regional leaders and populations, and by the leaders and populations of host states. This emphasis on collective decisions serves to differentiate secession from another process that leads to the formation of political units — the fragmentation of host states The analysis explains why secession has been such a rare outcome in modern history and suggests that it will continue to be rare in the foreseeable future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)267-283
Number of pages17
JournalActa Sociologica
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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