An Imperfect Firewall: Quebec’s Constitutional Right of Secession as a Device Against Domination

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An Imperfect Firewall: Quebec’s Constitutional Right of Secession as a Device Against Domination


  • Lluís Pérez-Lozano Department of Political and Social Sciences, Pompeu Fabra University, Spain


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Abstract:  The idea of including a right of secession in democratic constitutions has been discussed by different political and legal theorists; however, little has been said on the matter from the point of view of democratic-republican political philosophy. This article undertakes this effort by means of a normative analysis of Quebec’s constitutional right of secession, as outlined in the Quebec Secession Reference. This analysis shows how the non-unilateral nature of this right minimises the risks for republican freedom (as non-domination) and inclusion in the Quebec secession conflict, while the fact that it is limited to a national constitutional framework dampens this achievement.

Keywords:  Canada; constitutionalism; democracy; domination; factions; Quebec; republicanism; secession

Published:   10 December 2021


DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/pag.v9i4.4569


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