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Successful Secession?: A quantitative study of the probability for secessionist movement to break free when facing different political regime types
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Despite that secessionist demands have forced us to redraw our political maps on a regular basis, and that state proliferation continues to be the dominant trend in the world today, the strategic relationship between secessionist movements and the central governments – the metropoles which are the main obstacles for secessionist movements to become independent – is an underexamined topic. Recent studies have proven that the metropolitan behaviour and the methods adopted by the secessionist movements are endogenous to one another. Thus, there is a need to investigate what characteristics of the metropole that affects the probability for secessionist movements to gain independence. Therefore, this thesis sets out to investigate if the probability of secessionist movements to gain independence differ depending of which type of political regime the movements are facing. The result shows that only autocratic and anocratic (hybrid) regimes are significant for the outcome, and that movements facing anocratic metropoles have higher probability to gain independence, in relation to movements facing autocratic regimes. Despite that only two regime types out of five proved to be significant, the finding demonstrates that the regime type of the metropole do matter in some cases. This initial finding just scratches the surface of what is yet to be explored about the relation between different political regime types and secessionist movements.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 61
Keywords [en]
Secession, Secessionist movements, State birth, Independence, Political regime types, Autocracies, Democracies, Anocracies.
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-376785OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-376785DiVA, id: diva2:1287322
Subject / course
Political Science
Educational program
Master Programme in Political Science
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Available from: 2019-02-14 Created: 2019-02-10 Last updated: 2019-02-14Bibliographically approved

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