In a world in which change is constant, the principle of self-determination is important. Through (collective) acts of self-determination, nations exercise the right to govern themselves. At present the nation-state system with which we are familiar faces several challenges. In Western Europe, sub-state nationalism is on the rise. In the Middle East and North Africa, the state system bequeathed by former colonial powers faces increasing threats from pan-Islamist movements. Overall, the established order faces unprecedented uncertainties. The scholars who have contributed to this volume assess the merits, limitations and trajectories of self-determination in the twenty-first century, pointing to the paradoxes and anomalies that are encompassed by what at first sight is a simple and seductive concept. From the perspective of the twenty-first century and informed by a wealth of experience each of the contributors to this volume offers some valuable and intriguing observations on the future of self-determination and the movements its call engenders.
This book was published as a special issue of Ethnopolitics.
Karl Cordell is Professor of Politics at Plymouth University UK. He has numerous publications in the fields of German politics, German-Polish relations and the politics of nationalism and ethnicity. He is also co-editor of the journals Civil Wars and Ethnopolitics.
Uriel Abulof is an assistant professor of Politics at Tel-Aviv University and a senior research fellow at Princeton University's LISD / Woodrow Wilson School. He studies political legitimation and violence, focusing on nationalism, democratization, revolutions and ethnic conflicts. Abulof's first book Living on the Edge: The Existential Uncertainty of Zionism (Haifa University Press) received Israel's best academic book award, and he recently completed his second book, The Mortality and Morality of Nations (Cambridge University Press).
1. Introduction Karl Cordell (School of Government, Plymouth University)
<b>Self-determination and the End of History</b>
2. The Daily Plebiscite as 21st-Century Reality Aviel Roshwald (Department of History, Georgetown University)
3. Paradoxes of violence and self-determination Matthew Anthony Evangelista (Politics, Cornell University)
4. Self-Determination in the Post-State Formation Era: New Trajectories for an International Order Principle in the 21st Century Oded Haklai (Politics, Queen's University)
<b>The Dangers of Self-Determination</b>
5. The Confused Compass: From Self-Determination to State-Determination Uriel Abulof (LISD/WWS, Princeton University; Politics, Tel-Aviv University)
6. Self-Determination as Pretext for Imperialism: The Russian Experience Mark R. Beissinger (Politics, Princeton University)
7. The Evils of Self-determination Amitai Etzioni (International Affairs, George Washington University)
<b>Self-Determination and the Politics of Identity</b>
8. The Right to Self-determination as a Claim to Independence in International Relations Practice Mikulas Fabry (International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology)
9. Constructing the `Self`: Visual Representations of the Nation in the case of Iraqi Kurd and Bosnian Serb Claims for the Right to Self-Determination Outi Keranen (Political Science, University College London) & Zeynep Kaya
10. What Role do Leaders Play in Movements for Self-Determination? A Case of Emerging Separatism in Eastern Ukraine Elise Giuliano (International Relations and Comparative Politics, Columbia University)
11. Self-determination and majority-minority relations in deeply divided societies: a comparative analytical framework Ilan Peleg (Government & Law, Lafayette College)
<b>Self-determining the State</b>
<b>12. Stateness, National Self-determination and War and Peace in the 21st Century Benny Miller (Politics, Haifa University)</b>
<b>13. The consequences of democracy: On Catalonia's self-determination Montserrat Guibernau (Politics, Queen Mary University of London)</b>
<b>14. A Brief History of Self-Determination Referendums Before 1920 Matt Qvortrup (Management and Security, Cranfield University)</b>
<b>15. Conclusion Wolfgang Danspeckgruber (LISD/WWS, Princeton University) and Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein</b>