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Of Sovereignty

Author : Philemon Bliss
ISBN : 9781584774914
Genre : Law
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After serving on the benches of the Dakota Territory and the Missouri Supreme Court, Bliss [1814-1889] finished his career as the first dean of the law department of the University of Missouri. His fascinating Of Sovereignty tries to balance the argumentative excesses of both advocates of states' rights and of federal supremacy. In a rigorously argued thesis that discusses Austin, Cooley and Lieber at length, Bliss maintains that the term sovereignty had been so overused that it had lost its meaning. In the end sovereignty belongs to the Almighty alone; earthly subdivisions of this power can only be based on justice and reason.
Category: Law


Author : Robert Jackson
ISBN : 9780745654720
Genre : Political Science
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Sovereignty is at the very centre of the political and legal arrangements of the modern world. The idea originated in the controversies and wars, both religious and political, of 16th and 17th century Europe and since that time it has continued to spread and evolve. Today sovereignty is a global system of authority: it extends across all religions, civilizations, languages, cultures, ethnic and racial groupings, and other collectivities into which humanity is divided. In this highly accessible book, Robert Jackson provides a concise and comprehensive introduction to the history and meaning of sovereignty. Drawing on a wide range of examples from the US Declaration of Independence to terrorist attacks of 9/11 he shows how sovereignty operates in our daily lives and analyses the issues raised by its universality and centrality in the organization of the world. The book covers core topics such as the discourse of sovereignty, the global expansion of sovereignty, the rise of popular sovereignty, and the relationship between sovereignty and human rights. It concludes by examining future challenges facing sovereignty in an era of globalization. This interdisciplinary study will be of interest to a wide range of students, academics and general readers who seek to understand this fundamental concept of the modern world.
Category: Political Science


Author : F. H. Hinsley
ISBN : 052133988X
Genre : Political Science
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Professor Hinsley's book, first published in 1966, offers a general survey of the history of the theory of sovereignty, which seeks to illuminate the theory's character and function by stressing the changing social, political and economic frameworks within and between the political societies in which it has developed. It also spans and connects the different intellectual aspects of the concept of sovereignty: philosophical, legal, historical and political. For this new edition Professor Hinsley has wholly rewritten the last chapter to bring the history up to date, and to make some new concluding remarks.
Category: Political Science

Sovereignty At The Crossroads

Author : Luis E. Lugo
ISBN : 0847682153
Genre : Political Science
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This work analyses problems of the post-Cold War world such as ethnic and national strife, the proliferation of nuclear weapons and terrorism. Adopting a moral-philosophical perspective, it draws on a tradition of Christian political reflection to cast a moral light on international politics.
Category: Political Science

State Sovereignty As Social Construct

Author : Thomas J. Biersteker
ISBN : 0521565995
Genre : Political Science
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State sovereignty is an inherently social construct. This book describes, theorizes and illustrates the practices which have socially constructed, reproduced, reconstructed, and deconstructed various sovereign ideals and resistances to them.
Category: Political Science


Author : Jean Bethke Elshtain
ISBN : 9780786721641
Genre : Political Science
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Throughout the history of human intellectual endeavor, sovereignty has cut across the diverse realms of theology, political thought, and psychology. From earliest Christian worship to the revolutionary ideas of Thomas Jefferson and Karl Marx, the debates about sovereignty—complete independence and self-government—have dominated our history. In this seminal work of political history and political theory, leading scholar and public intellectual Jean Bethke Elshtain examines the origins and meanings of “sovereignty” as it relates to all the ways we attempt to explain our world: God, state, and self. Examining the early modern ideas of God which formed the basis for the modern sovereign state, Elshtain carries her research from theology and philosophy into psychology, showing that political theories of state sovereignty fuel contemporary understandings of sovereignty of the self. As the basis of sovereign power shifts from God, to the state, to the self, Elshtain uncovers startling realities often hidden from view. Her thesis consists in nothing less than a thorough-going rethinking of our intellectual history through its keystone concept. The culmination of over thirty years of critically applauded work in feminism, international relations, political thought, and religion, Sovereignty opens new ground for our understanding of our own culture, its past, present, and future.
Category: Political Science


Author : Bertrand de Jouvenel
ISBN : 9781107600171
Genre : Philosophy
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Bertrand de Jouvenel examines the relationship between the distribution of power and the creation of an ethical society.
Category: Philosophy

Agents Of The People

Author : Pasi Ihalainen
ISBN : 9789004183360
Genre : Social Science
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Analysing parliamentary references to the people, this book provides a more nuanced interpretation of eighteenth-century re-evaluations of democracy. It shows how interaction between parliamentarians and the public sphere in different political cultures produced more modern conceptions of the legitimacy of political power.
Category: Social Science

Bodin On Sovereignty

Author : Jean Bodin
ISBN : 0521349923
Genre : History
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This volume contains the essential points of Jean Bodin's theory of sovereignty, a landmark in legal theory and royalist ideology. The four chapters presented form the core of Bodin's classic work, Six Livres de la Republique. Bodin was primarily responsible for introducing the seductive but erroneous notion that sovereignty is indivisible, that the entire power of the state had to be vested in a single individual or group. This thesis, combined with the prevailing crisis of authority during the French religious wars, led Bodin to a systematically absolutist interpretation of the French and other European monarchies. This is the first complete translation of this material into English since 1606, and is accompanied by a lucid introduction, chronology, and bibliography.
Category: History

Caribbean Sovereignty Development And Democracy In An Age Of Globalization

Author : Linden Lewis
ISBN : 9780415536585
Genre : History
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Many of the nations of the Caribbean that have become independent states have maintained as a central, organizing, nationalist principle the importance in the beliefs of the ideals of sovereignty, democracy, and development. Yet in recent years, political instability, the relative size of these nations, and the increasing economic vulnerabilities of the region have generated much popular and policy discussions over the attainability of these goals. The geo-political significance of the region, its growing importance as a major transshipment gateway for illegal drugs coming from Latin America to the United States, issues of national security, vulnerability to corruption, and increases in the level of violence and social disorder have all raised serious questions not only about the notions of sovereignty, democracy, and development but also about the long-term viability of these nations. This volume is intended to make a strategic intervention into the discourse on these important topics, but the importance of its contribution resides in its challenge to conventional wisdom on these matters, and the multidisciplinary approach it employs. Recognized experts in the field identify these concerns in the context of globalization, economic crises, and their impact on the Caribbean.
Category: History