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23 Revista d'Estudis Autonomics | Federals 11 (2016)


This paper is based in part on a lecture entitled ‘People Live in Places: Secession, Subsidi­arity, and the Assumptions behind Rigid Borders,’ which I gave at the Institut d’Estudis Autonòmics, Barcelona, 18 June 2015. My thanks to Dr. Carles Viver and Mercè Corretja Torrens for the invitation to give that lecture and to write this essay, as well as to mem­bers of the audience that day for their valuable comments, and to Prof. Susanna Mancini, Christiana Mauro, and an anonymous reviewer for truly helpful suggestions and critiques.