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Maximising Consent: Operationalising Reciprocity in Secession Referenda

Stephens, Cody


A constitutional referendum on secession from Indonesia was held in East Timor in 1999, with a pro-independence vote triggering widespread violence by the Indonesian army and pro-union militia. Montenegro underwent a similar process in 2006, also opting for independence but with much smoother results. This article will suggest that the deliberative democratic principle of reciprocity can help deliver referendum law based on justifications that can be accepted by all parties concerned....[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015-07
Type: Journal article
Source: University of Queensland Law Journal


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