Sovereignties: History, Theory and Practice by Raia Prokhovnik

By Raia Prokhovnik

Sovereignty is usually considered as an idea with a set which means, as anything that may merely be saved or misplaced, and which this present day is less than possibility from globalisation, the erosion of the state kingdom and eu integration. Raia Prokhovnik develops a powerful argument for sovereignty as a strong suggestion with many conceptualisations long ago, and in a position to additional fruitful reconceptualisation sooner or later. The ebook explores the background of the
concept, modern theoretical advancements, and present political
issues round sovereignty that experience an important useful and institutional implications.

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However, it would be mistaken simply to conceive of authority is an umbrella concept under which sovereignty is found, because sovereignty is related to claims to power, especially in the effects of power, as much as to claims to authority. Nevertheless the notion of authority is important to the meaning of sovereignty in several ways. The concept of authority combines unquestioning recognition (and so there are links with naturalisation and the givenness of the commonsensical and commonplace), with the idea of power without coercion, and a logical relationship (as in Hobbes’s theory of authorisation and representation).

What is the highest lawmaking body, who are included within the scope of the ruled, what links rulers and ruled, and what links the ruled to each other, must all be clear. What government the ruled give allegiance to, who represents the country abroad, and the absence of independent countries within it, must all be clear, despite anomalies in practice such as disputed territory, dual nationality, stateless persons, and dissident groups. com - licensed to University of Melbourne - PalgraveConnect - 2011-05-27 30 Sovereignties The Meaning of Sovereignty 31 Writers like Rob Walker and Mark Neocleous rightly highlight the dangers of an important facet of sovereignty, its lack of affinity with the concept of accountability.

Com - licensed to University of Melbourne - PalgraveConnect - 2011-05-27 From Internal/External to Post-States and Other Actors 39 domestic/international dichotomy is cogent. However, increasingly as political theorists become interested in questions of international politics, they tend unwittingly to confirm that IR distinction. Moreover, while Wight’s view that the state is ‘an organisation for survival in international anarchy’ (quoted in Atack 2005, 12) has been influential, the situation is more complex.

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