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Secession and the Sovereignty Game: Strategy and Tactics for Aspiring Nations

Ryan D. Griffiths


This book offers a comprehensive strategic theory for how secessionist movements attempt to win independence. Combining original data analysis, fieldwork, interviews with secessionist leaders, and case studies on Catalonia, the Murrawarri Republic, West Papua, Bougainville, New Caledonia, and Northern Cyprus, the book shows how the rules and informal practices of sovereign recognition create a strategic playing field between existing states and aspiring nations that the book terms “the sovereignty game.” To win sovereign statehood, all secessionist movements have to maneuver on the same strate ... More

Keywords: secessionist movements, sovereign recognition, sovereign statehood, electoral capture, nonviolent civil resistance, violence, decolonization, independence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781501754746
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501754746.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ryan D. Griffiths, author
Syracuse University