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“Nationalism, Secessionism, and Autonomy”, with André Lecours

Thursday, March 2, 2023
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Dunning Hall
Room: 11
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The Department of Political Studies Speaker Series Presents:

Nationalism, Secessionism, and Autonomy” with André Lecours

Thursday, March 2, 2023 | 2:30-4:00 PM

Dunning Hall, Room 11

Light refreshments!

Registration is not required

André Lecours is a professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. His research interests are Canadian politics, European politics, nationalism, and federalism.  He is the author of Nationalism, Secessionism, and Autonomy (Oxford University Press, 2021).  

The strength of secessionism in liberal-democracies varies in time and space. Inspired by historical institutionalism, Nationalism, Secessionism, and Autonomy argues that such variation is explained by the extent to which autonomy evolves in time. If autonomy adjusts to the changing identity, interests, and circumstances of an internal national community, nationalism is much less likely to be strongly secessionist than if autonomy is a final, unchangeable settlement. Developing a controlled comparison of, on the one hand, Catalonia and Scotland, where autonomy has been mostly static during key periods of time, and, on the other hand, Flanders and South Tyrol, where it has been dynamic, and also considering the Basque Country, Québec, and Puerto Rico as additional cases, this book puts forward an elegant theory of secessionism in liberal-democracies: dynamic autonomy staves off secessionism while static autonomy stimulates it.

Rachel Lang | Communications and Events Assistant | Department of Political Studies
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