The long road to independence. (c2013)

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dc.contributor.author Delogu, Sebastian
dc.date.accessioned 2015-02-10T11:17:10Z
dc.date.available 2015-02-10T11:17:10Z
dc.date.issued 2015-02-10
dc.date.submitted 2013-06-14
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/1923
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 93-97). en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines the current situation of separatist and secessionist movements in the EU area, taking into consideration both political parties and regional national movements. It seeks to analyse the possible similarities between the different movements by focussing on the characteristics they have in common and those that most differ from each other in order to understand whether or not it is possible to point to a more general trend followed by the different movements. The thesis first examines what scholars have written about the issue, and then it moves to a general overview of the EU political panorama by listing the major movements and political parties that seek a higher degree of self-autonomy or the radical solution: secession. It then presents three study cases from the list, two, Catalonia and Scotland, that are perfect examples of separatist movements, and the third, Trieste, which represents a very particular case far from the established standard. The thesis shows that, despite the fact that each case possesses specific characteristics that distinguish it from the others, it is possible to generalise to a certain level by categorizing a range of policies undertaken by different movements in specific key areas (education, economics, regional self-awareness, and promotion of national history). The research presented reveals that the present political movements have interests in different areas and wish for more independence to very different degrees: starting from cases in which greater autonomy is sought to cases in which a total separation from the central government is the desired goal. Nevertheless it is possible to find common areas shared by most of the separatist movements. The upcoming referendum for independence in Scotland and Catalonia, as well as the growing interest in this new wave of regionalism, leads to the conclusion that separatist movements will pose a serious challenge to the EU as well as to the central governments in the country in which they are located in as, regardless of the final outcome, it will generate legal precedents that could give rise to a domino effect of greater autonomy and/or secession. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Separatist movements -- Europe en_US
dc.subject Europe -- Autonomy and independence movements -- History en_US
dc.subject Nationalism -- Europe en_US
dc.subject Regionalism -- European Union countries en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.subject Lebanese American University -- Dissertations en_US
dc.title The long road to independence. (c2013) en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.title.subtitle Regional and separatist movements in Europe en_US
dc.term.submitted Spring en_US
dc.author.degree MA in International Affairs en_US
dc.author.school Arts and Sciences en_US
dc.author.idnumber 201100104 en_US
dc.author.commembers Dr. Sami Baroudi
dc.author.commembers Dr. Julian Paenke
dc.author.woa OA en_US
dc.description.physdesc 1 hard copy: x, 97 p.; 30 cm. available at RNL. en_US
dc.author.division International Affairs en_US
dc.author.advisor Dr. Jennifer Skulte-Ouaiss
dc.keywords Secession en_US
dc.keywords European Union en_US
dc.keywords Regional Nationalism en_US
dc.keywords Independence en_US
dc.keywords Autonomy en_US
dc.keywords Self-government en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.26756/th.2013.40 en_US
dc.publisher.institution Lebanese American University en_US

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