Sovereignty : The Evolution of an Idea
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.
- Hardback | 200 pages
- 144 x 214 x 18mm | 358.34g
- 22 Oct 2007
- Polity Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
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In this highly accessible book, Robert Jackson provides aconcise and comprehensive introduction to the history and meaningof sovereignty. Drawing on a wide range of examples from the USDeclaration of Independence to terrorist attacks of 9/11 he showshow sovereignty operates in our daily lives and analyses the issuesraised by its universality and centrality in the organization ofthe world. The book covers core topics such as the discourse ofsovereignty, the global expansion of sovereignty, the rise ofpopular sovereignty, and the relationship between sovereignty andhuman rights. It concludes by examining future challenges facingsovereignty in an era of globalization.
This interdisciplinary study will be of interest to a wide rangeof students, academics and general readers who seek to understandthis fundamental concept of the modern world.
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"Sovereignty is a systematic survey of the history of an idea. It accomplishes the ambitious task of untangling the often conflated concepts of authority, supremacy, independence and power from sovereignty. As such, it is a must-have for researchers and teachers concerned with understanding the development of independent, sovereign states."
David A. Armstrong, Nuffield College, Oxford
"Sovereignty is the great survivor among modern political concepts. Its death - and the retreat of the State and society of states that it supports - have often been foretold. Yet they persist. In this penetrating and elegantly written book Robert Jackson explains why. It will be indispensable reading for all students of politics and international relations."
James Mayall, Centre of International Studies, Cambridge
"Historically grounded and philosophically rich, Jackson's examination of sovereignty will take a deserved place among the primary works on this foundational concept of international politics. In illustrating how the practices and institutions of sovereignty retain their vitality, he also demonstrates the freshness and cogency of his own thought."
David Clinton, Baylor University
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