State Sovereignty as Social Construct

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Thomas J. Biersteker, Cynthia Weber
Cambridge University Press, May 2, 1996 - Political Science - 298 pages
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State sovereignty is an inherently social construct. The modern state system is not based on some timeless principle of sovereignty, but on the production of a normative conception which links authority, territory, population (society, nation), and recognition in a unique way, and in a particular place (the state). Attempting to realize this ideal entails a great deal of hard work on the part of statespersons, diplomats and intellectuals.
 

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