Referendums, democracy and separatism

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

28 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

There have been referendums on separatism for longer than there has been democracy. Allowing areas to vote on independence or on whether to belong to another state or territory is a practice that goes back as far as the 14th century, though it is only in the 20th century that it really took off. While many claim a right to self-determination ', there is no formal legal right to hold referendums on secession, unless there are constitutional provisions for this, a specific agreement between the parties, or if the country is a former colony. Of the referendums on independence that have been held, very few have yielded yes' votes in developed democratic societies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalReview of Nationalities
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 May 2021

Bibliographical note

© 2020 Matt Qvortrup, published by Sciendo
This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Keywords

  • referendums
  • nationalism
  • secession
  • independence
  • democracy
  • Caledonia

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Referendums, democracy and separatism'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this