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

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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.

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“Kalmo and Skinner’s excellent collection will appeal to scholars in political theory, jurisprudence, legal history, international law, European studies and international relations. No other work has drawn on high caliber scholars from different disciplines to examine the contemporary meaning and significance of sovereignty.”
– Andrew Linklater, Aberystwyth University

“For anyone interested in seeing the concept of sovereignty fold into the different forms imposed by rival practices and theories, and assume the different functions ascribed in those competing constructions, this collection offers a dazzling range of perspectives.”
– Philip Pettit, Princeton University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781107000049
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/31/2010
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the 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.

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Table of Contents

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 Pärtel Piirimäe; 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 Jüri 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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