Sovereignty: The Origin and Future of a Political and Legal Concept

Paperback | April 21, 2015

byDieter GrimmTranslated byBelinda Cooper

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Dieter Grimm's accessible introduction to the concept of sovereignty ties the evolution of the idea to historical events, from the religious conflicts of sixteenth-century Europe to today's trends in globalization and transnational institutions. Grimm wonders whether recent political changes have undermined notions of national sovereignty, comparing manifestations of the concept in different parts of the world. Geared for classroom use, the study maps various notions of sovereignty in relation to the people, the nation, the state, and the federation, distinguishing between internal and external types of sovereignty. Grimm's book will appeal to political theorists and cultural-studies scholars and to readers interested in the role of charisma, power, originality, and individuality in political rule.

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Dieter Grimm's accessible introduction to the concept of sovereignty ties the evolution of the idea to historical events, from the religious conflicts of sixteenth-century Europe to today's trends in globalization and transnational institutions. Grimm wonders whether recent political changes have undermined notions of national soverei...

Dieter Grimm teaches constitutional law at Humboldt University Berlin and at the Yale Law School. From 1987 to 1999, he served as justice of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany.Belinda Cooper is a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute in New York and an adjunct professor at New York University's Center for Global Affairs...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:April 21, 2015Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231164254

ISBN - 13:9780231164252

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Series Editor's ForewordPreface and AcknowledgmentsA. Sovereignty in a Time of Changing StatehoodB. Development and Function of the Concept of Sovereignty1. Bodin's Significance for the Concept of Sovereignty2. Sovereignty in the Constitutional State3. External SovereigntyC. Sovereignty TodayNotesIndex

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[Grimm's] pithy and dense analysis covers a vast canvas and provides an even-handed overview.