Re-envisioning Sovereignty

The End of Westphalia?

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  • Edited by Trudy Jacobsen, Griffith University, Australia, Charles Sampford, Griffith University and Ramesh Thakur, United Nations University, UK
  • Series: Law, Ethics and Governance
  • 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.
  • Contents: Preface; Introduction, Melea Lewis, Charles Sampford and Ramesh Thakur; Part 1 Sovereignty as a Traditional and Emergent Concept: Fables of sovereignty, Wayne Hudson; Sovereignty discourse and practice – past and future, Joseph Camilleri; Guises of sovereignty, Gerry Simpson. Part 2 Sovereignty in International Perspective: Westphalian and Islamic concepts of sovereignty in the Middle East, Amin Saikal; Whither sovereignty in Southeast Asia today?, See Seng Tan; Ambivalent sovereignty: China and re-imagining the Westphalian ideal, Yongjin Zhang. Part 3 Transcending State Sovereignty 1: Human and Global Security: Confronting terrorism: dilemmas of principle and practice regarding sovereignty, Brian L. Job; Sovereignty in the 21st century: security, immigration and refugees, Howard Adelman; State sovereignty and international refugee protection, Robyn Lui. Part 4 Transcending State Sovereignty 2: Transnational Issues: Do no harm: towards a Hippocratic standard for international civilisation, Neil Arya; Sovereignty and the global politics of the environment: beyond Westphalia?, Lorraine Elliott; Westphalian sovereignty in the shadow of international justice? A fresh coat of paint for a tainted concept, Jackson Nyamuya Maogoto. Part 5 Sovereignty and Development: Development assistance and the hollow sovereignty of the weak, Roland Rich; Corruption and transparency in governance and development: reinventing sovereignty for promoting good governance, C. Raj Kumar; re-envisioning economic sovereignty: developing countries and the International monetary fund, Ross P. Buckley. Part 6 Reconceiving the State: Trust, legitimacy and the sharing of sovereignty, William Maley; Sovereignty as indirect rule, Barry Hindess; Indigenous sovereignty, Paul Keal; Civil society in a post-statist circumstance, Jan Aart Scholte; Conclusion, Trudy Jacobsen; Index.
  • About the Editor: 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.
  • Reviews: '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