Sovereignty in Fragments: The Past, Present and Future of a Contested Concept

Sovereignty in Fragments: The Past, Present and Future of a Contested Concept

By: Quentin Skinner (editor), Hent Kalmo (editor)Hardback

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The political make-up of the contemporary world changes with such rapidity that few attempts have been made to consider with adequate care, the nature and value of the concept of sovereignty. What exactly is meant when one speaks about the acquisition, preservation, infringement or loss of sovereignty? This book revisits the assumptions underlying the applications of this fundamental category, as well as studying the political discourses in which it has been embedded. Bringing together historians, constitutional lawyers, political philosophers and experts in international relations, Sovereignty in Fragments seeks to dispel the illusion that there is a unitary concept of sovereignty of which one could offer a clear definition. This book will appeal to scholars and advanced students of international relations, international law and the history of political thought.

About Author

Hent Kalmo is a PhD student in the Faculty of Law at the University of Paris X - Nanterre and an LLM student at Harvard Law School. Quentin Skinner is Barber Beaumont Professor of the Humanities, Department of History, Queen Mary, University of London.


Introduction: a concept in fragments Hent Kalmo and Quentin Skinner; 1. The sovereign state: a genealogy Quentin Skinner; 2. The apparition of sovereignty Denis Baranger; 3. The Westphalian myth and the idea of external sovereignty Partel Piirimae; 4. Double binds: sovereignty and the just war tradition Jens Bartelson; 5. The durability of organized hypocrisy Stephen D. Krasner; 6. A matter of fact? The many faces of sovereignty Hent Kalmo; 7. The survival of sovereignty Michel Troper; 8. Sovereignty and after Neil MacCormick; 9. Prolegomena for the post-sovereign Rechtsstaat Patrick Praet; 10. Sovereignty beyond the state Juri Lipping; 11. Sovereignty between government, exception and governance Antonio Negri; 12. Conclusion: vocabularies of sovereignty: the powers of a paradox Martti Koskenniemi.

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  • ISBN13: 9781107000049
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 280
  • ID: 9781107000049
  • weight: 580
  • ISBN10: 1107000041

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