Claims for Secession and Federalism

A Comparative Study with a Special Focus on Spain

  • Alberto López-Basaguren
  • Leire Escajedo San-Epifanio

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Claims for Secession in Western Democracies. A Comparative Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
  3. Referendums and Constitutional Clauses on Secession

  4. Claims for Secession and Federalism in Spain

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 363-363
    2. Joaquín Tornos Mas
      Pages 389-404
    3. Josep Maria Castellà Andreu
      Pages 405-422
    4. Enric Fossas Espadaler
      Pages 461-477
    5. Miguel Ángel García Herrera, Gonzalo Maestro Buelga
      Pages 519-541

About this book


This volume, incorporating the work of scholars from various parts of the globe, taps the wisdom of the Westphalian (and post-Westphalian) world on the use of federalism and secession as tools for managing regional conflicts. The debate has rarely been more important than it is right now, especially in light of recent events in Catalonia, Scotland, Québec and the Sudan - all unique political contexts raising similar questions about how best to balance competing claims for autonomy, interdependence, political voice, and exit. Exploring how various nations have encountered comparable conflicts, some more and some less successfully, the book broadens the perspectives of scholars, government officials, and citizens struggling to resolve sovereignty conflicts with a full appreciation of the underlying principles they represent.


Territorial Referendum Self-determination Constitutional law Monism Identity Nationalism Pluralism Supreme court Québec Self-rule Catalonia Constitutional theories Striving for independence Spain American history Autonomous region Secession Scotland Basque Country Federalism

Editors and affiliations

  • Alberto López-Basaguren
    • 1
  • Leire Escajedo San-Epifanio
    • 2
  1. 1.Constitutional Law and History of Political ThoughtUniversity of the Basque CountryLeioa - BizkaiaSpain
  2. 2.Constitutional Law and History of Political ThoughtUniversity of the Basque CountryLeioa - BizkaiaSpain

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