Democracy, free association and boundary delimitation: The cases of Catalonia and Tabarnia.
Abstract: This article aims to illustrate the confusion within today’s secessionist movements regarding the liberal and the nationalist arguments for legitimizing secession. To do so, the liberal theory of secession – understood as an approach primarily based on consent – is examined, its limitations highlighted, and its contradictions with nationalism stated. We then use the case of the fictional Tabarnia region to show how problematic the use of liberal arguments by secessionist nationalism is. Although until now only a virtual region, Tabarnia exemplifies how nationalist arguments reappear in the defence of Catalan independence when its supporters claim to advance only (liberal) arguments of free association.
Universal identifier: http://hdl.handle.net10641/1937