The concept of sovereignty in contemporary continental political philosophy

Erlenbusch, Verena (2012) The concept of sovereignty in contemporary continental political philosophy. Philosophy Compass, 7 (6). pp. 365-375. ISSN 1747-9991

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Abstract

The concept of sovereignty is one of the central concepts of modern political philosophy. However, faced with processes of economic globalization as well as legal and political universalism, contemporary political theory struggles to account for the exercise of state power in terms of the traditional understanding of sovereignty. This survey article reviews the most influential conceptualizations of sovereignty in contemporary continental political philosophy. These include Schmitt’s defense of sovereignty and Agamben’s rejection of sovereign politics as well as a number of theoretical attempts to account for the complexities of sovereignty and its adaptation to new political circumstances.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Depositing User: Verena Erlenbusch
Date Deposited: 08 May 2013 11:20
Last Modified: 08 May 2013 11:20
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/37042
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