‘Mr Hinsley displays a rare mastery in weaving together the separate strands of the evolution of political ideas and of political organisation learned, stimulated, . Making sense of sovereignty. Ian Clark. Alan James, Sovereign Statehood: The Basis of International Society, London: Allen and Unwin, F. H. Hinsley. Sovereignty has 5 ratings and 1 review. Professor Hinsley’s book, first published in , offers a general survey of the history of the theory of sovere.

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Possibly, Bodin thought that such rights were to be features of a legal regime which was itself sovereign with respect to other authorities.

Theorizing Sovereignty and European Integration. The English philosopher Thomas Hobbes also wrote during a time of civil war and also arrived at the notion of sovereignty as a solution.

Paul V rated it it was amazing Dec 16, Indranil Sur marked it as to-read Nov 28, Historical variants can hinsely understood along three dimensions — the holder of sovereignty, the absoluteness of sovereignty, and the internal and external dimensions of sovereignty.

Justice, Legitimacy, and Self-DeterminationOxford: It is within a geographic territory that modern sovereigns are supremely authoritative.

Subsequent human rights covenants, also signed by the vast majority of the world’s states, contained similar reservations. Sovereignty gives rise to three dysfunctionalities.


Kantorowicz then describes the emergence, in the late Middle Ages, of sovereigtny concept of the king’s two bodies, vivified in Shakespeare’s Richard II and applicable to the early modern body politic.

To states, this recognition is what a no-trespassing law is to private property — a set of mutual understandings that give property, or the state, immunity from outside interference.

Nolan is currently reading it Feb 13, Jouvenel seems to doubt that judicial or constitutional design is alone enough. Manifestly, he was not to be bound by natural law, canon law, Gospel precepts, or any of the norms or authorities that obligated members of Christendom.


In early modern times, French theorist Jean Bodin thought that sovereignty must reside in a single individual. Only a supreme authority within a territory could strengthen a fractured community. It was indeed after the Holocaust that meaningful legal and institutional circumscriptions of sovereignty in fact arose, many of which have come to abridge the rights of sovereign states quite significantly. Like Bodin, Hobbes also thought the sovereign to be accountable to God and most likely to the natural law soveereignty some form.

They are the ancestors of those who now demand limits on the state’s authority in the name of human rights, of the right to quell genocide and disaster and deliver relief from the osvereignty, of an international criminal court, and of a supranational entity that assumes power of governance over economic, and now, maybe, military affairs.

Sovereignty by F.H. Hinsley

By and large, there is little indicating that, at least in this work, Schmitt thought the sovereign to be bound by divine law or natural law. Political TheologyChicago: Machiavelli observed the politics of city states in his Renaissance Italy and described what a prince had to do to promote a flourishing republic in terms that conferred on him supreme authority within his territory.

Though in early modern times, kings would hold this authority, later practitioners of it sovereigntu include the people ruling through a constitution, nations, the Communist Party, dictators, juntas, and theocracies. Strayer, Britain and France looked a lot like sovereign states by aroundtheir kings possessing supremacy within bounded territories.

The evolution that Kantorowicz described is formative, for sovereignty is a signature feature of modern politics. Mayra marked it as to-read Nov 30, Who, then, would take up such relinquished powers? But he roundly decries the hinley concept of sovereignty, which creates a power who is above the rules, a power whose decrees are to be considered legitimate simply because they emanate from his will.


European integration began inwhen six states formed the European Coal and Steel Community in the Treaty of Paris.

Sovereignty (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

As a Hijsley philosopher, Maritain’s arguments run similar to Christian philosophers of early modern Europe who criticized absolute sovereignty. But Augsburg was unstable.

World Poverty and Human Rights2nd. This same model was expanded to a general economic zone in the Treaty of Rome in Even supranational and international institutions like the European Union and the United Nations are composed of states whose membership is in turn defined territorially. Only the long-term consensus of scholars can determine how Westphalia will continue to be regarded. Second, Westphalia brought an end to a long era of intervention in matters of religion, up to then the most commonly practiced abridgment of sovereign prerogatives.

Otherwise, though, law was the command of the sovereign ruler, emanating from his will, and the obligation to obey it absolute. Ana rated it really liked it Feb 01, Natali Asri added it Oct 13, Later thinkers differed, coming to envision new loci for sovereignty, but remaining committed to the principle. Kurios George and the Sovereign State. First, a holder of sovereignty possesses authority. This latter notion — of a collective social organization having an enduring, mystical essence — would come to be transferred to political entities, sovereiggnty body politic.