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Democratic Norms Remain Stronger than Ethnic Ties: Defending “Foreign Interventions and Secessionist Movements”

  • Louis Bélanger (a1), Érick Duchesne (a1) and Jonathan Paquin (a2)
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Abstract. This article is a response to Stephen Saideman's criticism of our research findings on third state intervention in secessionist crises, which was published in this journal in 2005. Here we defend our methodology and the validity of our results. We also explain why, in our view, Saideman's criticisms and the alternative research design that he offers are seriously questionable. More specifically, our reply focuses on his problematic case selection and on his measurement of ethnic ties, which is methodologically inconsistent and biased.

Résumé. Cet article constitue une réponse à la critique de Stephen Saideman concernant nos résultats de recherche, paru dans cette revue en 2005, sur les interventions des États tiers dans les crises sécessionnistes. Nous défendons ici notre méthode et la validité de nos résultats. Nous expliquons aussi pourquoi, selon nous, il est possible de remettre en question les critiques et le devis de recherche de Saideman. Plus précisément, notre réponse se concentre sur sa sélection de cas douteuse et sa mesure des liens ethniques, puisque nous jugeons celle-ci méthodologiquement incorrecte et biaisée.

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Louis Bélanger, Professor, Political Science Department and Institut Québécois des hautes études internationales, Université Laval, Québec, Québec, Canada G1K 7P4; Louis.belanger@pol.ulaval.ca
Érick Duchesne, Associate Professor, Political Science Department and Institut Québécois des hautes études internationales, Université Laval, Québec, Québec, Canada G1K 7P4; Erick.duchesne@pol.ulaval.ca
Jonathan Paquin, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, King's University College, University of Western Ontario, 266 Epworth Avenue, London, Ontario, Canada N6A 2M3; jonathan.paquin@uwo.ca
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Canadian Journal of Political Science/Revue canadienne de science politique
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