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Jugoslovenske secesije u svetlu savremenih teorija
Yugoslav Seccesions in Light of Contemporary Theories

Author(s): Aleksandar Pavković
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Nova srpska politička misao
Keywords: Secession; Yugoslavia; justification;

Summary/Abstract: Yugoslav secessions are highly recursive: the secessions of Croatia and Slovenia from federal Yugoslavia were causally necessary for the secession of Bos­nia-Hercegovina and Macedonia as well as of the Kosovo province; the se­ce­ssion of Croatia was causally necessary for the secession of the Republic of Serb Krajina from Croatia and of the Serb Republic from Bosnia-Hercegovina. In assessing secessions liberal theories use the right to the withdrawal of con­sent or the right to remedy wrongs; national self-determination theories, the right to national identity or national life; and hybrid theories both; accordingly, spe­ci­fic conditions for justifiable secession vary from theory to theory. These theo­ries thus yield very different assessments of the Yugoslav secessions listed abo­ve: Birch’s theory justifies all, Buchanan’s none, whereas other theories fail to pro­vi­de consistent criteria for the assessment of most. Only Beran's 'pure' li­be­ral theo­ry appears to offer a consistent set of criteria for the assessment of these se­ce­ssions; it also suggests how some of the presently unjustifiable sece­ssions may be rectified in accordance with liberal principles.

  • Issue Year: 10/2003
  • Issue No: 01+04
  • Page Range: 339-359
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: Serbian