Sovereignty and the common good

Duke, George 2019, Sovereignty and the common good, International journal of constitutional law, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 66-88, doi: 10.1093/icon/moz005.

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Title Sovereignty and the common good
Author(s) Duke, GeorgeORCID iD for Duke, George orcid.org/0000-0002-0258-456X
Journal name International journal of constitutional law
Volume number 17
Issue number 1
Start page 66
End page 88
Total pages 23
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2019-01
ISSN 1474-2640
Keyword(s) Sovereignty
Common good
State sovereignty
Political common good
Summary This article develops an argument for the value of state sovereignty based on its capacity to promote the political common good. My claim is not of course that the common good is always promoted by state sovereignty but rather that state sovereignty possesses features particularly conducive to the promotion of the common good. Although this may sound like a modest claim, its truth is sufficient to undermine the view—held by many constitutional pluralist and cosmopolitan theorists—that sovereignty has little at all to recommend it from a normative perspective. The article is structured in three sections. Section 1 briefly defines state sovereignty, before setting out two constraints on a successful argument for its value. In section 2 I demonstrate why an argument based on services to the common good is well placed to meet these constraints. Section 3 argues that the value of self-determination—which features prominently in many normative defenses of state sovereignty—ultimately derives from the common good.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/icon/moz005
Field of Research 180108 Constitutional Law
220399 Philosophy not elsewhere classified
1801 Law
Socio Economic Objective 940499 Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2019, The Author(s)
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30121338

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