Secessionist Parties Across Borders

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Aiming at detaching a specific population group and its territory from a host-state, secessionist parties can be found in many countries all over the globe. But this change of the ‘ownership’ of a territory that emerges from the secession process implies by definition a challenge to the international order. Secessionist ideology has an impact on the international environment and the international community, at least with the creation of a new independent state, the redefinition of international borders, and the weakening of the host-state. But the ultimate goal of secessionist parties can create complex international situations to go beyond the ‘mere’ creation of a new state, as in the case of the coupling of the independence with an irredentism on a territory belonging to another host-state or of the re-attachment of the secessionist territory to an existing neighbouring state.

This panel aims at analysing these political parties intend to secede from their host state in order to become independent while annexing territories from another nation-state (i.e. irredentist secessionist parties like in Catalunya, Basque country or Kurdistan) or to directly join another nation-state (i.e. rattachist secessionist parties like in Northern Ireland, South Tyrol or Crimea). The objective is to gather papers that would cover the different dimensions of the ideology and strategies of regionalist and secessionist parties that intend to reshape international borders. We also welcome papers that discuss the interaction of secessionist parties with other types of actors (for instance the civil society or political actors located at the other side of the border) and their behaviour within existing institutions (parliaments, elections, etc.).

Participants will be selected based on their expertise in the empirical study of regionalist and secessionist parties. Selection should lead to a panel composed of participants focusing on political parties from different parts of the world and using different methods of analysis (qualitative or quantitative). We accept empirical papers, dealing with case studies or comparative works and a specific attention will be dedicated to the geographical and gender balance and to the inclusion of younger researchers.