A Cosmopolitan Perspective on the Self-Determination of Peoples

  • Daniele Archibugi
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


Over the last few years, the demand for the self-determination of peoples has once more acquired considerable force.1 In consolidated states no less than in states that are falling apart, more or less dominant political groups have appealed to self-determination to support their own political projects. Statistics recorded on the issue tell us that at the beginning of 2003 there were 22 on-going armed conflicts for self-determination, 51 groups using conventional political means to pursue self-determination, and 29 groups using militant strategies short of armed violence.2 Such demands have pursued a variety of goals, ranging from the attainment of multilinguism to greater tolerance for the religions, habits and customs of minorities, and even the review of borders and the setting-up of new states. Different and often contradictory aspirations have thus been grouped under the single banner of self-determination.


Ethnic Minority Political Community Ethnic Community Autonomous State Constitutional Norm 
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