The Principle of Democracy and Secession

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


Democracy is a fundamental principle of contemporary liberal constitutions. These constitutions nonetheless tend to qualify, moderate and limit majority rule, in order to avoid oppression over minorities. Majority rule is, therefore, legitimate provided minorities are guaranteed protection and, in some cases, the possibility of becoming majorities. Minority nations are often condemned to be permanent minorities, however. The right to exit is compared to other rights to grant voice for minority nations and contrasted with some constitutional clauses to ensure loyalty.

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

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