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Political Theory by Ranajay Kumar, Hoveyda Abbas

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Concept of Sovereignty Challenged

Critics of Sovereignty

The concept of sovereignty relates specifically to the concept of the State and may lose its essence without it. The state can be seen as an overarching political organization over a territorially demarcated political community. By virtue of this, the State gets a dominant position and tends to regulate various aspects of society, and other associations and organizations of political, social, economic and cultural nature. Understanding the position of the State in this way gets its reflection in understanding sovereignty in a particular way. Identifying sovereignty in terms of its characteristics like absoluteness or illimitability, universal or all-comprehensiveness, indivisibility, ...

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