Contemporary globalized society in Europe and worldwide demonstrates the impossibility of conceptualizing power exclusively in terms of the institutional hierarchy of the nation state, its indivisibility and the ultimate decision-making power and enforcement of supreme will within a political community. Changes in the meaning and uses of control of both territory and inhabitants – these two definitional signs of sovereignty – significantly question state sovereignty and its functions. Power formerly associated with political sovereignty has become much more dispersed in society and stretches beyond the framework of a nation as the ultimate subject of sovereignty and the democratic nation state.