By R. Prokhovnik
Raia Prokhovnik develops a robust argument for sovereignty as a strong inspiration with many conceptualizations, and in a position to extra fruitful reconceptualization. The ebook explores modern theoretical advancements and present political matters round sovereignty that experience the most important functional and institutional implications.
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As Dunn argues, ‘states which are in fact effective in promoting the security of their 30 Sovereignties subjects undoubtedly win (and deserve) a higher degree of loyalty than those that fail lamentably to furnish anything of the kind’ (Dunn 1994, 5). Having considered some of the things that all political concepts share and how sovereignty is related to other concepts, it remains to discuss how sovereignty differs from other political concepts. Brown et al conﬁdently make four claims about the relation of sovereignty to law, authority and power, all of which can be challenged.
International legal sovereignty entails recognition by other states, a de jure independence that is lacking in the cases of Taiwan and Tibet. Recognition is important not just for legal status and formal equality but also because it facilitates the making of contracts, because alliances enhance security, because it enhances a ruler’s domestic support, and because ‘membership in the World Trade Organisation can increase access to markets’ and ‘membership in the World Bank can provide ﬁnancial resources’.
Gadamer also illuminates the manner in which ‘authority cannot actually be bestowed, but is earned, and must be earned if someone is to lay claim to it’. Authority, Gadamer emphasises, ‘rests on acknowledgment and hence on an act of reason itself which, aware of its own limitations, trusts to the better insight of others’. Authority thus is not about ‘obedience to commands’. Indeed, as Gadamer shows, ‘authority has to do not with obedience but rather with knowledge’ (Gadamer 1975, 279). Connolly identiﬁes an important paradox about sovereignty that links with the gap between concepts and the ‘real’ political world discussed earlier, at the root of which is the role of authority in sovereignty.