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.

chapter |16 pages


part I|53 pages

Sovereignty as a Traditional and Emergent Concept

part II|45 pages

Sovereignty in International Perspective

chapter 6|16 pages

Ambivalent Sovereignty

China and Re-Imagining the Westphalian Ideal

part III|52 pages

Transcending State Sovereignty 1

chapter 7|10 pages

Confronting Terrorism

Dilemmas of Principle and Practice Regarding Sovereignty

chapter 8|22 pages

Sovereignty in the Twenty-First Century

Security, Immigration and Refugees

part IV|60 pages

Transcending State Sovereignty 2

chapter 10|22 pages

Do No Harm

Towards a Hippocratic Standard for International Civilisation

chapter 11|18 pages

Sovereignty and the Global Politics of the Environment

Beyond Westphalia?

part V|55 pages

Sovereignty and Development

chapter 14|16 pages

Corruption and Transparency in Governance and Development

Reinventing Sovereignty for Promoting Good Governance

chapter 15|18 pages

Re-Envisioning Economic Sovereignty

Developing Countries and the International Monetary Fund

part VI|63 pages

Reconceiving the State

chapter |10 pages