The Freedom Center and Spring 2022 FC Talks series presents Liz Levinson (University of Arizona).

This paper argues that even in the absence of injustice, the value of self-determination can ground a qualified right to secede for a certain kind of political minority group– namely, those that are made distinctly worse-off by their minority status, because it comes to a significant cost to their ability to be self-determining. For these “persistent political minority” groups, as I refer to them, political independence would be self-determination enhancing, which means that they would benefit from the substantial gain in control over the direction of the political collective that secession engenders, even though they lose access to the greater institutional capacity of a larger, more established state in the process.

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Kaveh Pourvand