A Genealogy of Sovereignty by Jens Bartelson

By Jens Bartelson

The idea that of sovereignty is critical to diplomacy concept and theories of the country and gives the root of the normal separation of contemporary politics into family and overseas spheres. during this ebook Jens Bartelson presents a severe research and conceptual background of sovereignty, facing philosophical and political texts in the course of 3 classes: the Renaissance, the Classical Age, and Modernity. He argues that sovereignty will be considered as an idea contingent upon, instead of primary to, political technological know-how and its historical past.

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65 What is more important in this context is how this logical and metaphorical link between sovereignty and space is forged. On this point, Aron is most explicit and lists a series of significations attributed 30 Deconstructing sovereignty to space in international political theory. First, space is a physical fact, since it seems; undeniable that any human configuration must occupy a piece of it, irrespective of political organization. Second, space is an environment, since it seems likewise undeniable that any human configuration there finds the resources essential to its subsistence.

That is, an acting subject must be present in order to constitute itself and the state as an 'inside' that remains identical with itself throughout the formative process, no matter how it is conditioned by 'outside' forces in the course of its historical development from embryo to full-blown state. Hence, the particular kind of unit which makes empirical reference possible is a more or less rational will, individual or collective; according 39 A genealogy of sovereignty to the stories of the transfer of sovereignty from kings to people, both the king and the people have a fair share in this common essence of the state, which is also the essence of Man.

The question of the locus of sovereignty is a question of what lurks behind the metonym of the state, and what constitutes it as a political subject in international political theory. When it comes to the question of the locus, international political theory has difficulty in remaining consistent in its discontinuities. The impetus behind this question comes from two different points. On the one hand, the inherited contractual vocabulary was invented in order to solve the problem of the locus in the domestic context, treating its external aspect as supplementary.

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