Secessionist de-mobilization: From 'exit' back to 'voice'

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This chapter outlines a preliminary conceptual map of secessionist demobilization in order to foster the study of that little-understood phenomenon. The central claim is that successful secessionist mobilization creates cognitive and social thresholds that make it difficult for secessionist organizations to reverse course or, to use Hirschman’s metaphor, transition from the politics of ‘exit’ back to the politics of ‘voice’. The chapter further examines the way three additional factors – the purpose of secessionist mobilization, the organizational character of independence movements, and the response by central governments – shape the likelihood of demobilization.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Self-Determination and Secession
EditorsRyan D. Griffiths, Aleksander Pavković, Peter Radan
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781003036593
ISBN (Print)9780367478117
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2023

Publication series

NameRoutledge International Handbooks


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