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Sovereignty in Post-Sovereign Society
A Systems Theory of European Constitutionalism

ISBN 9781472460875
Published August 3, 2015 by Routledge
262 Pages

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Book Description

Sovereignty marks the boundary between politics and law. Highlighting the legal context of politics and the political context of law, it thus contributes to the internal dynamics of both political and legal systems. This book comprehends the persistence of sovereignty as a political and juridical concept in the post-sovereign social condition. The tension and paradoxical relationship between the semantics and structures of sovereignty and post-sovereignty are addressed by using the conceptual framework of the autopoietic social systems theory. Using a number of contemporary European examples, developments and paradoxes, the author examines topics of immense interest and importance relating to the concept of sovereignty in a globalising world. The study argues that the modern question of sovereignty permanently oscillating between de iure authority and de facto power cannot be discarded by theories of supranational and transnational globalized law and politics. Criticising quasi-theological conceptualizations of political sovereignty and its juridical form, the study reformulates the concept of sovereignty and its persistence as part of the self-referential communication of the systems of positive law and politics. The book will be of considerable interest to academics and researchers in political, legal and social theory and philosophy.



Jiří PÅ™ibáň is Professor of Law at Cardiff University, UK. He has published extensively in the areas of sociology of law, legal philosophy, constitutional and European comparative law, and theory of human rights. He is author of monographs Dissidents of Law (2002) and Legal Symbolism (2007), and editor of a number of books, including The Rule of Law in Central Europe (with J. Young, 1999), Law’s New Boundaries (with D. Nelken, 2001) and Liquid Society and Its Law (2007). He has also published a collection of essays on contemporary art Pictures of Czech Postmodernism (2011).


"It is Přibáň’s unique contribution to an understanding of contemporary sovereignty that provides the methodological invitation for further analysis of dissonance between the structures and semantics of global law and politics." - Jack Meakin, University of Glasgow

" (...) Jirˇı´ Prˇiba´nˇ’s book is a timely contribution to current debates on the relevance of sovereignty to our contemporary society." - RICHARD NOBLES AND DAVID SCHIFF, Queen Mary University of London, UK

 "In my opinion, the book raises the stakes in the debates about European constitutionalism and sovereignty and the theoretical constructs and narratives that promote it. This makes it stimulating and it is certainly worthwhile to engage with its arguments." - Urška Šadl, Copenhagen