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European Secession: Economic Integration on the Road to the Political Desintegration

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  • Hana Lipovská

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European national governments have faced since 90s two contradictory pressures. While European Union requires ever closer economic integration, individual regions have called for increasing political disintegration. In 2014 four crucial referendums on the independence of regions in Ukraine, Italy, Scotland and Spain were held. This wave of secession movement and the fear of contagion to states with latent autonomous tendencies turned attention from the integration studies to the research of disintegration. This consultation deals with the literature review of the political-economic aspects of secession tendencies in European integration. Secession spreads especially among the most developed regions of nation states. In an environment of economic barriers the right to secession is therefore not Pareto-optimal. Economic integration of small states, however, provides the benefits of the single market and reduces costs for the secession of the mother country. Comprehensive survey serves as a basis for future research of the political economy of conflict in the contemporary secession pressures.

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  • Hana Lipovská, 2016. "European Secession: Economic Integration on the Road to the Political Desintegration," Současná Evropa, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2016(1), pages 29-41.
  • Handle: RePEc:prg:jnlsev:v:2016:y:2016:i:1:id:130:p:29-41
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    Keywords

    separatismus; secese; práva na sebeurčení; politická ekonomie konfliktu; ekonomická integrace; autonomní hnutí; separatism; self-determination right; secession; political economy of conflict; economic integration; autonomous movements;

    JEL classification:

    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • F52 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - National Security; Economic Nationalism
    • H77 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism

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