Economic Variables and Phases of the Secessionist Process

  • Milica Zarkovic Bookman


Secession is a topic traditionally addressed by political scientists and historians, not economists. The former have addressed it in their attempts to understand the process of nation building, the definition of state versus nation, the integration of populations, and the political development accompanying modernization.1 Some have specialized in the international aspects of separatism by studying the cause and effect of secession on various aspects of international relations,2 while others have studied the role of nationalism in secession.3 Psychological studies have emerged studying groups and their behavior in secessionist activity.4 Historians have studied secessionist movements during and after colonial times, such as those that thrived within the Ottoman, Russian and Austro-Hungarian Empires.5 Anthropological studies have observed secession from the viewpoint of ethnic groups and their functioning under various forms of national integration.6 Philosophers have addressed secession from the point of view of the moral right to secede and the moral imperative to accept secession and recognize the seceding region.7 Legal experts have even extended the concept of secession to include employment-related issues.8 Finally, geographers have contributed to the debate by affirming the importance of territory and social space.9


Economic Variable Relative Income Economic Viability Income Region Trade Dependency 
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