The Confused Compass: From Self-determination to State-determination

  title={The Confused Compass: From Self-determination to State-determination},
  author={Uriel Abulof},
  pages={488 - 497}
  • Uriel Abulof
  • Published 11 August 2015
  • Political Science
  • Ethnopolitics
Abstract Self-determination, a prime justificatory principle of the international society, has become a confused, and confusing, compass. At the heart of this confusion, I argue, lies the tacit submersion of self-determination in state-determination. In principle, self-determination entails the ‘moral double helix' of duality (personal right to align with a people, and the people’s right to determine their politics) and mutuality (the right is as much the other’s as the self’s). In practice… 

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