Secessionism and the European Union: The Future of Flanders, Scotland, and Catalonia


Secessionism and the European Union: The Future of Flanders, Scotland, and Catalonia

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History and Government

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This study examines three different cases - Flanders in Belgium, Scotland in the UK, and Catalonia in Spain - to investigate how secessionist political parties are approaching the issues of independence. All of these cases are different with respect to history, governmental structure, and economic situation. Yet all of the cases are similar in some ways - they are close to the same size (in terms of population), operate withing mature democratic political systems, have distinct secessionist political parties, and all reside within member states of the EU. Categorically, in all cases there are also shared influences of ability of the region to secede: institutions, interests, and ideas.




Scotland, Flanders, Catalonia, secessionism, European Union

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Lexington Books


Lanham, MD


International and Area Studies | Political Science

About the Author

Dr. Duerr was born and raised in southeast England in the United Kingdom and also lived in southern Ontario, Canada, and northeast Ohio before joining the faculty at Cedarville in August 2012. His teaching and research interests include nationalism and secession, comparative politics, international relations theory, sports and politics, and Christianity and politics. He has published numerous refereed journal articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entries, and book reviews. He also played semiprofessional soccer for several years in the minor league system in North America and spent time as a broadcaster on SportsTime Ohio and Fox Soccer Channel.

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