A Political Theory of Territory by Margaret MooreA Political Theory of Territory by Margaret Moore

A Political Theory of Territory

byMargaret Moore

Paperback | August 1, 2017

Pricing and Purchase Info

$29.70 online 
$33.00 list price save 10%
Earn 149 plum® points
Quantity:

Ships within 1-3 weeks

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores

about

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? Whatif 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.
Margaret Moore is a Professor in the Political Studies department at Queen's University (Canada). She is the author of Foundations of Liberalism and Ethics of Nationalism.
Loading
Title:A Political Theory of TerritoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:August 1, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0190845791

ISBN - 13:9780190845797

Look for similar items by category:

Reviews

Editorial Reviews

"[An] immense achievement.. This book stakes out a major new position in the debate on territorial rights that will resonate within that debate for years to come." --Contemporary Political Theory