Succession is the act or process of following in order or sequence.
- Order of succession, in politics, the ascension to power by one ruler, official, or monarch after the death, resignation, or removal from office of another, usually in a clearly defined order
- Succession of states, in international relations, is the process of recognition and acceptance of a newly created state by other states, based on a perceived historical relationship the new state has with a prior state
- Succession of property, or inheritance, in law, is the passage of an individual's property to one or more dependents according to a formula set out in law, religion, custom or under the terms of a trust
- Succession (conflict), inheritance when more than one jurisdiction involved and there may be a conflict of law
- Succession planning, in organizations, identifying and developing individuals to succeed to senior positions in government, business, organizations, etc.
- Apostolic succession, the doctrine, held by some Christian denominations, that bishops are the successors of the original Twelve Apostles, inheriting their spiritual, ecclesiastical and sacramental authority, power, and responsibility
- Ecological succession, the series of changes in an ecological community that occur over time after a disturbance. It can be:
- Primary succession, when there is a new substrate with no existing vegetation, as after a volcanic lava flow, or
- Secondary succession, when the substrate has sustained vegetation, as after a fire or flood
- Succession (geology), in geology, a group of rocks or strata that succeed one another in chronological order