A Political Theory of Territory

Hardcover | April 15, 2015

byMargaret Moore

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Our world is currently divided into territorial states that resist all attempts to change their borders. But what entitles a state, or the people it represents, to assume monopoly control over a particular piece of the Earth's surface? Why are they allowed to prevent others from entering?What if two or more states, or two or more groups of people, claim the same piece of land? Political philosophy, which has had a great deal to say about the relationship between state and citizen, has largely ignored these questions about territory. This book provides answers. It justifies the idea of territory itself in terms of the moral value of political self-determination; it alsojustifies, within limits, those elements that we normally associate with territorial rights: rights of jurisdiction, rights over resources, right to control borders and so on. The book offers normative guidance over a number of important issues facing us today, all of which involve territory andterritorial rights, but which are currently dealt with by ad hoc reasoning: disputes over resources; disputes over boundaries, oceans, unoccupied islands, and the frozen Arctic; disputes rooted in historical injustices with regard to land; secessionist conflicts; and irredentist conflicts. In aworld in which there is continued pressure on borders and control over resources, from prospective migrants and from the desperate poor, and no coherent theory of territory to think through these problems, this book offers an original, systematic, and sophisticated theory of why territory matters,who has rights over territory, and the scope and limits of these rights.

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Our world is currently divided into territorial states that resist all attempts to change their borders. But what entitles a state, or the people it represents, to assume monopoly control over a particular piece of the Earth's surface? Why are they allowed to prevent others from entering?What if two or more states, or two or more group...

Margaret Moore is Professor in the Political Studies department at Queen's University (Canada). She is the author of Foundations of Liberalism and Ethics of Nationalism.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.29 × 6.42 × 1.1 inPublished:April 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements1. Why do we need a Political Theory of Territory?2. What is Territory? conceptual analysis and justificatory burdens3. Foundations of a Theory of Territory: Individual Moral Rights of Residency, Collective Moral Rights of Occupancy and a People's Rights of Self-determination4. Non-Statist Theories of Territory5. Functionalist/Statist Theories of Territory6. Heartlands, Contested Areas Secession, and Boundaries7. Corrective Justice and the Wrongful Taking of Land, Territory and Property8. Territorial Rights and Natural Resources9. Territorial Rights and Rights to control Borders/Immigration10. The Right to Territorial Integrity and the Legitimacy of the Use of Force11. ConclusionBibliographyIndex

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"This is a well-written, well-argued book on an extraordinarily important and until recently neglected topic. Moore is impressively knowledgeable of all the relevant philosophical literature and does an excellent job in general of distinguishing her view from those of others such as Miller,Waldron, Kolers, Meisels, and Nine. Moore succeeds in staking out a new, yet very plausible position-one that avoids the deficiencies of rival theories." --Allen Buchanan, James B. Duke Professor, Duke University