Sovereignty as Value is one of the first books to examine sovereignty using solely a normative approach. Through fourteen original essays, the book seeks to understand its viability in a globalized world, thus taking into account the inclusion of a language of rights, limitation and legitimacy. The authors’ focus is on whether sovereignty as a normative concept might be understood as a criterion of legitimate power and authority; as a foundational concept of public ethics applied to political and legal institutions. How should notions of legitimacy be linked with the notion of sovereignty? In what manner is sovereignty challenged by territoriality and territorial control? How does sovereignty relate to political legitimacy? Are all the forms of sovereign authority legitimate? Does the project of advancing human rights globally conflict with the logic of exclusion inherent in the classic notion of national sovereignty? These are some of the questions that will be assessed in this collective volume.
Andre Santos Campos is principal research fellow in political theory in the Institute of Philosophy, Nova University of Lisbon. His research concentrates on issues that connect contemporary political theory with jurisprudence and intellectual history, such as sovereignty, political representation and intergenerational justice. He is the author of Spinoza’s Revolutions in Natural Law, and the editor of Challenges to Democratic Participation, Spinoza: Basic Concepts, Spinoza and Law, and Machiavelli’s Discourses on Livy: New Readings. In 2019, he was the recipient of the Brian Barry Prize in Political Science attributed by The British Academy for his essay ‘Representing the Future’.
Susana Cadilha is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Institute of Philosophy, Nova University of Lisbon, where she coordinates its Ethics and Political Philosophy Laboratory. She is a lecturer in ethics at Nova University of Lisbon, and at the Lisbon Master in political philosophy, and was also invited assistant professor at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto, and at Católica Porto Business School. She was a guest researcher at NIEHS (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, North Carolina – EUA), where she was trained in bioethics, and the principal investigator of the Project Conversations on Human Action and Practical Rationality. She teaches and writes in the areas of ethics, metaethics, and philosophy of action.
Andre Santos Campos & Susana Cadilha
PART I SOVEREIGNTY AS ‘POPULAR SOVEREIGNTY’
1. Sovereignty, the People, and Popular Sovereignty
Diogo Pires Aurélio
2. Sovereignty, Some Skeptical Thoughts
Christopher W. Morris
3. Is Weak Popular Sovereignty Possible?
PART II SOVEREIGNTY AS LEGITIMACY
4. On Legitimate Sovereignty and Global Responsibility
5. Sovereignty and Legitimate Authority: What Lies Beneath Content-Independence
Andre Santos Campos
6. The Paradoxical Value of Sovereignty in Post-Sovereign Society
7. On the Conceptual Link between Sovereignty and Legitimacy
PART III SOVEREIGNTY AS SELF-DETERMINATION
8. Beyond Westphalia: Democratic Conceptions of Sovereignty and Constellations of Plural Territories
9. Justice, Self-Determination and Territorial Rights Forfeiture
10. Controlling Immigration in the Name of Self-Determination
11. Sovereignty and the Value of Self-Determination
Eszter Kollar & Ayelet Banai
PART IV SOVEREIGNTY AS COSMOPOLITAN CHALLENGE
12. Citizen Responsibility, Sovereign States, and our Globalized World
13. Human Rights Require Yet Contest National Sovereignty: How a Human Rights Corporation Might Help
14. Critical Cosmopolitanism
Soraya Nour Sckell
List of Contributors
Sovereignty as Value provides an illuminating, multi-faceted exploration of the difficult notion of state sovereignty. A must-read for those working on this topic, these terrific essays situate the concept in both historical and contemporary debates.