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Constructing Sovereignty between Politics and Law


ISBN13: 9781138025417
Published: February 2014
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £29.99



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This book explores the interplay between sovereignty, politics and law through different conceptualizations of sovereignty. Despite developments such as European integration, globalization, and state failure, sovereignty proves to be a resilient institution in contemporary international politics. This book investigates both the continuity and change of sovereignty through an examination of the different ways it is understood; sovereignty as an institution, as identity; as a (language) game; and as subjectivity. In this illuminating book, Aalberts examines sovereign statehood as a political-legal concept, an institutional product of modern international society, and seeks an interdisciplinary approach that combines international relations and international law. This book traces the consequences of this origin for the conceptualization of sovereign statehood in modern academic discourse, drawing on key jurisprudence and international treaties, and provides a new framework to consider the international significance of sovereignty. As an innovative approach to a critical institution, Constructing Sovereignty between Politics and Law will be of interest to students and scholars of international relations, international relations theory and international law.

Subjects:
Constitutional and Administrative Law
Contents:
1. Introduction
2. Narratives of origin and change
3. Sovereignty as institution
4. Sovereignty as identity
5. Sovereignty as a (language) game
6. Sovereignty as subjectivity
7. Conclusion