Surpassing the Sovereign State: The Wealth, Self-Rule, and Security Advantages of Partially Independent Territories (Hardback)David A. Rezvani (author)
Hardback 400 Pages / Published: 26/06/2014
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After nearly six centuries of emergence and world dominance, the sovereign state now has a globally widespread competitor that frequently manages to surpass its capabilities in the areas of wealth, security, and self-determination. This book will show that in region after region throughout the world partially independent territories (including Hong Kong, Cayman Islands, Kurdistan, New Caledonia, and others) tend to be wealthier and more secure than their sovereign state counterparts. Often ignored because of their small size, lack of militaries, and divided powers, the partially independent territories that produce these advantages are responsible for nearly one-fifth of global capital flows, serve as solutions for some of the world's most intractable nationalistic disputes, and furnish important capabilities for sovereign states. The existence and capabilities of these polities contradict widely held assumptions of sovereign state pre-eminence and give rise to a range of puzzling issues that will be addressed by this book. Why do local nationalistically distinct populations accept partially independent unions? What guarantees do these polities have that their powers will not be usurped by internal and external adversaries? What makes core states (which divide and share powers with partially independent territories) willing to part with some of their sovereignty amidst fears that their countries will fully fragment? What are the prospects for the independence of Scotland, Catalonia, Puerto Rico, and the nearly 50 partially independent territories around the globe? This book explains how these polities emerge, maintain themselves, and sometimes come to an end.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 744 g
Dimensions: 236 x 162 x 29 mm
While his approach is that of a social scientist rather than an international lawyer, his research and conclusions offer useful contributions to the continuing debate among both lawyers and international relations experts over the meaning of statehood, sovereignty, minority rights, and self-determination in the twenty-first century. Moreover, Surpassing the Sovereign State is generally well written and demonstrates broad knowledge of the many situations that it examines. * Hurst Hannum, Tufts University, The American Journal of International Law *
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