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Some History of Separatist Referenda

See Alicia P. Q. Wittmeyer at FP’s Passport blog.

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Steven L. Taylor is Professor and Chair of Political Science at Troy University. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. He is the author of Voting Amid Violence: Electoral Democracy in Colombia and is currently working on a comparative study of the US to 29 other democracies. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging at PoliBlog since 2003. Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. Dave Schuler says:

    I wonder how the referendum on Venice seceding from Italy is going.

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  2. Ron Beasley says:

    I think Oregon and Washington might like to become part of Canada.

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  3. grumpy realist says:

    @Dave Schuler: They sort of had that during the Itsy-Bitsy States period. Venice absolutely refused to allow Roman law to be used in its courts (as other Italian city-states did when the local statutes didn’t provide enough guidance) because they didn’t want ANYONE claiming Venice as having been at any time part of the Roman Empire.

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