Political Downsizing: The Re-Emergence of Self-Determination, and the Movement Toward Smaller, Ethnically Homogenous States

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Michael J. Kelly

Creighton University School of Law; American Bar Association, Business Law Section; American Society of International Law

Abstract

The end of the Cold War brought about the third wave of nation-state creation/dissolution similar to that experienced after the First World War and the decolonization period of the mid-20th Century. This paper examines the forces driving heterogeneous state break-ups as well as those threatening larger federations and the political devices, such as robust federalism and devolution of power, that such states have employed to hold themselves together.

Keywords: federation, nation-state, devolution, self-determination, Basque country, Brittaney, Kurdistan, Russian federation, Quebec, Corsica, Chiapas, Chechnya, Tibet, Cold War, decolonization, Africa, Wilson, separatist movement

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Kelly, Michael J., Political Downsizing: The Re-Emergence of Self-Determination, and the Movement Toward Smaller, Ethnically Homogenous States. Drake Law Review, Vol. 47, 1999. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=920910

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