Sovereignty

[Revised entry by Daniel Philpott on March 25, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Sovereignty, though its meanings have varied across history, also has a core meaning, supreme authority
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[Revised entry by Daniel Philpott on March 25, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Sovereignty, though its meanings have varied across history, also has a core meaning, supreme authority within a territory. It is a modern notion of political authority. Historical variants can be understood along three dimensions - the holder of sovereignty, the absoluteness of sovereignty, and the internal and external dimensions of sovereignty. The state is the political institution in which sovereignty is embodied. An assemblage of states forms a sovereign...

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