By Bruno Coppieters, Richard Sakwa
Bringing jointly various experts of their respective fields, the e-book offers a mix of unique examine with primary questions about why states remain jointly, and primarily why occasionally they collapse. while and below what stipulations is the separation of 1 a part of a kingdom from one other justified? Written in an available and educated demeanour, the authors search to reply to this query at the foundation of ten case experiences and a normal assessment of the literature and theories of the query.
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The Lega hence positions its struggle against the Italian state in the historical continuity of traditional struggles for self-government. 54 The Lega's viewpoint on this ‘Padanian’ identity is most extensively elaborated in Gilberto Oneto, L'invenzione della Padania. La rinascita della comunità più antica d'Europa (Bergamo, Foedus Editore, 1997). The position of ethnic minorities in northern Italy is not systematically addressed by the Lega Nord. e. the northern regions, see above, n. 2)—the South Tyrolians, Ladini, Friulians, Slovenians, and the French-speaking inhabitants of Valle d'Aosta—the right to self-determination, including secession.
Its arguments about discrimination against the North do not withstand critical scrutiny. Its justiﬁed critiques of the Italian state, with its inefﬁciency and over-centralization, and in the late 1980s and the early 1990s also its rampant corruption, give good grounds for demands for reform, not for secession. Even if one accepts the Lega's claim that the Italian state is beyond reform, such an acceptance would be a justiﬁcation for revolution rather than for secession, since, contrary to what the Lega argues, the dysfunctional features of the state are not the consequences of ‘southern contamination’.
24 MICHEL HUYSSEUNE This focus on what is now called the ‘Northern Question’ reveals that, notwithstanding the strong opposition of Italian mainstream public opinion to the northern nation-building programme of the Lega, the existence of a ‘northern’ identity is nevertheless accepted. The complaints made on its behalf are moreover frequently considered credible and important. This raises the question of the relevance of sub-national identities in Italy, and of the ways to address the grievances voiced on behalf of them.
Contextualizing Secession: Normative Studies in Comparative Perspective by Bruno Coppieters, Richard Sakwa