Referendum Democracy and Secession

  • Pau Bossacoma Busquets
Part of the Federalism and Internal Conflicts book series (FEINCO)


This chapter addresses several issues regarding secession referendums such as what could be a clear question and a clear majority and who should be entitled to vote. As regards the clarity of the question, in particular, the objectives in the wording ought to be intelligibility, conciseness, simplicity, vernacularity, straightforwardness, neutrality and legal correctness. Moreover, the question should appeal to (minimally) realistic subjective preferences based on public reasons.

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  • Pau Bossacoma Busquets
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  1. 1.Department of LawUniversity Pompeu FabraBarcelona, CataloniaSpain

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