The utopia and reality of sovereignty: social reality, normative IR and "organized hypocrisy"

Karp, David Jason (2008) The utopia and reality of sovereignty: social reality, normative IR and "organized hypocrisy". Review of International Studies, 34 (2). pp. 313-335. ISSN 0260-2105

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Abstract

This article applies E. H. Carr’s analysis of utopia and reality, and a Searleanconstructivist analysis of rules and norms, to the concept of ‘sovereignty’ in general, and
Stephen Krasner’s argument in Sovereignty: Organized Hypocrisy in particular. In doing this, the article charts a theoretical space that incorporates insights from classical realism, scientific realism, and philosophical (social) constructivism. To view ‘utopia’ and ‘reality’ as distinct yet equally important planes of International Relations (IR) inquiry, thereby treating ‘sovereignty’
as a single concept with descriptive and normative elements, highlights both the merits and the shortcomings of Krasner’s approach. Furthermore, this type of analysis suggests a fruitful way to continue a contemporary normative discussion about what sovereign entities ought to do.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Depositing User: Jayne Paulin
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2013 13:48
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2017 11:09
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/45793

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