Consensual Secession

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


Consensual secessions are basically those negotiated and agreed with the parent State. Outside colonial contexts, there are no precedents for peaceful unilateral secessions in consolidated liberal democracies. This chapter examines some historical examples of predominantly peaceful separations in non-colonial contexts. Since compromise and agreement played an important role at the expense of unilateralism, this chapter then reflects on the requisite of principled negotiation.

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

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