Sovereignty Evolution of an Idea

ISBN-10: 0745623379

ISBN-13: 9780745623375

Edition: 2007 (Revised)

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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 the 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.
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 10/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990

Sovereignty and Modernity
Manifestations of sovereignty
Sovereignty and modernity
Independence and supremacy
Power, authority, responsibility
The discourse of sovereignty
'A Shocking Idea'
Europe before sovereignty
Respublica Christiana
The revolution of sovereignty
Sovereigns of Europe and the World
The great transformation
The divine right of kings
Dynastic sovereignty
Western empires
Imperial sovereignty
Popular Sovereignty
In the name of the people
Parliamentary sovereignty
Democratic sovereignty
Totalitarian sovereignty
National self-determination
Territorial sovereignty
The end of sovereignty?
Sovereignty and Humanity
Protecting human rights
Humanity discourse
Human rights, human wrongs, and sovereign states
Human rights under international law
Humanitarian intervention
Sovereignty and Globalization
9/11 and the state
The globalization thesis
The sovereign states system
Presuppositions of a states system
Between past and future
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