Sovereignty: Interpretations by Joanne Pemberton

By Joanne Pemberton

This booklet offers a radical evaluation of sovereignty and the way it operates within the modern global. earlier styles of considering, in addition to present reformulations are analysed and the concept that of sovereignty is mentioned with admire to either the family and foreign spheres of job and with regards to such heavily linked notions as self-determination and intervention.

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199). 191, 199). V. 7 Theorists, including those who insisted on the unchallengeable sovereignty of the prince, generally understood that the source of sovereignty lay in communal willing. However, as Rousseau indicated in his critique of Grotius, the idea that sovereignty ultimately was vested in the people seemed the logical conclusion of the understanding that it was a kind of gift passed from the community to the prince. 191). One should draw a distinction between the people in its sovereign capacity and the people or individuals that it commands.

Without limits internal to it, the concept of sovereignty loses its normative character, the very thing that distinguishes sovereignty from de facto control. 30 While Bodin might agree, if pushed, that law can recede and the state remain he might also add, again if pushed, that such a state would be bereft of sovereignty. The main blockage in Bodin’s theory is his absolute insistence on nonresistance to legitimate authority. 60n). 16). 68). 31 Bodin offers the pragmatic advice that to assassinate a legitimate authority may bring about the ‘ruin’ of the kingdom.

Yet for Hobbes, the fact that the people cannot bind the people meant not so much the idea that popular sovereignty was dangerous, but rather that it was conceptually impossible. 220–1). For Hobbes, the question of the form of government, that is, whether sovereignty was wielded by a ‘man, or a Court’, was less vital than that of how to render the multitude of wills as one (Hobbes, 1651, Chaps. 39 The answer to this question lay with the conceptualisation of a ‘Feigned or Artifiicall person’ in which all public rights and powers are vested by means of covenant among individuals.

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