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Re-envisioning Sovereignty
The End of Westphalia?

ISBN 9780754672609
Published May 28, 2008 by Routledge
392 Pages

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Book Description

Sovereignty, as a concept, is in a state of flux. In the course of the last century, traditional meanings have been worn away while the limitations of sovereignty have been altered as transnational issues compete with domestic concerns for precedence. This volume presents an interdisciplinary analysis of conceptions of sovereignty. Divided into six overarching elements, it explores a wide range of issues that have altered the theory and practice of state sovereignty, such as: human rights and the use of force for human protection purposes, norms relating to governance, the war on terror, economic globalization, the natural environment and changes in strategic thinking. The authors are acknowledged experts in their respective areas, and discuss the contemporary meaning and relevance of sovereignty and how it relates to the constitution of international order.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements; Introduction, Melea Lewis, Charles Sampford, Ramesh Thakur; Part I Sovereignty as a Traditional and Emergent Concept; Chapter 1 Fables of Sovereignty, Wayne Hudson; Chapter 2 Sovereignty Discourse and Practice – Past and Future, Joseph Camilleri; Chapter 3 The Guises of Sovereignty, Gerry Simpson; Part II Sovereignty in International Perspective; Chapter 4 Westphalian and Islamic Concepts of Sovereignty in the Middle East, Amin Saikal; Chapter 5 Whither Sovereignty in Southeast Asia Today?, See Seng Tan; Chapter 6 Ambivalent Sovereignty, Yongjin Zhang; Part III Transcending State Sovereignty 1; Chapter 7 Confronting Terrorism, Brian L. Job; Chapter 8 Sovereignty in the Twenty-First Century, Howard Adelman; Chapter 9 State Sovereignty and International Refugee Protection, Robyn Lui; Part IV Transcending State Sovereignty 2; Chapter 10 Do No Harm, Neil Arya; Chapter 11 Sovereignty and the Global Politics of the Environment, Lorraine Elliott; Chapter 12 Westphalian Sovereignty in the Shadow of International Justice? A Fresh Coat of Paint for a Tainted Concept, Jackson Nyamuya Maogoto; Part V Sovereignty and Development; Chapter 13 Development Assistance and the Hollow Sovereignty of the Weak, Roland Rich; Chapter 14 Corruption and Transparency in Governance and Development, C. Raj Kumar*; Chapter 15 Re-Envisioning Economic Sovereignty, Ross P. Buckley; Part VI Reconceiving the State; Chapter 16 Trust, Legitimacy and the Sharing of Sovereignty, William Maley; Chapter 17 Sovereignty as Indirect Rule, Barry Hindess; Chapter 18 Indigenous Sovereignty, Paul Keal; Chapter 19 Civil Society and Sovereignty in a Post-Statist Circumstance, Jan Aart Scholte; Conclusion, Trudy Jacobsen;

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Trudy Jacobsen is a Research Assistant with the Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance at Griffith University, Australia. Professor Sampford is Foundation Dean of Law at Griffith University he is director of the Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law (a joint initiative of the United Nations University and Griffith University) and convenor of the Australia Research Council's Governance Research Network. Ramesh Thakur is a Professor of political science and a peace researcher. Professor Thakur is Senior Vice Rector for Peace and Governance at the United Nations University.


'This superbly edited collection of essays offers readers an illuminating overview of how the concept and practice of sovereignty is adapting to the multiple challenges of globalization. The volume achieves an impressive unity of focus due to a series of brilliant reconceptualizations of sovereignty.' Richard Falk, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA