Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

A WORLD ELSEWHERE: SECESSION, SUBSIDIARITY, AND SELF-DETERMINATION AS EUROPEAN VALUES

Timothy William Waters

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There is a strong animus against the idea of secession, which is seen as violat- ing the integrative values of the European Union. This animus is misguided, which this essay demonstrates in two ways: first, that secession should be understood as an act of subsidiarity, and as such is fully consistent with European values; and second, that we have the means for realizing  those values in international law and politics generally  by using the language  of self-determination – though not the contemporary doctrine, rather a radi- cally democratic form: a right to secession. Beginning  with a critique of a prominent attack on Catalan secession, this essay shows the problematic conceptual and moral underpinnings of the animus against secession; it then demonstrates the ethical and legal relationship between subsidiarity and secession, the usefulness of self-determination as a justificatory framework, the advantages of a radical right to secession, and the moral case for embrac- ing secession as a European value.


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