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Sovereignty: Organized Hypocrisy


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ISBN13: 9781400804627
ISBN10: 1400804620
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The acceptance of human rights and minority rights, the increasing role of international financial institutions, and globalization have led many observers to question the continued viability of the sovereign state. Here a leading expert challenges this conclusion. Stephen Krasner contends that states have never been as sovereign as some have supposed. Throughout history, rulers have been motivated by a desire to stay in power, not by some abstract adherence to international principles. Organized hypocrisy--the presence of longstanding norms that are frequently violated--has been an enduring attribute of international relations Political leaders have usually but not always honored international legal sovereignty, the principle that international recognition should be accorded only to juridically independent sovereign states, while treating Westphalian sovereignty, the principle that states have the right to exclude external authority from their own territory, in a much more provisional way. In some instances violations of the principles of sovereignty have been coercive, as in the imposition of minority rights on newly created states after the First World War or the successor states of Yugoslavia after 1990; at other times cooperative, as in the European Human Rights regime or conditionality agreements with the International Monetary Fund. The author looks at various issues areas to make his argument: minority rights, human rights, sovereign lending, and state creation in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Differences in national power and interests, he concludes, not international norms, continue to be the most powerful explanation for the behavior of states.

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Peter Noordijk, January 2, 2007 (view all comments by Peter Noordijk)
The book is very good, but beware of ebooks, they are not portable like real books. In order to move this file between home and office machines one must register with Adobe and provide personal information such as address email etc. I bought a book to read, not to become part of Adobe's database. If they want my info- they should pay for it. My purchasing habits and preferences are my personal property. I'm sure that Adobe would object to me having access to all their information simply for buying the book.
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Princeton University Press
International Relations
Krasner, Stephen D.
Political History
International Relations - General
History & Theory - General
Political Science-Political History
Political Science-International Relations - General
Political Science-History & Theory - General
Political Science : International Relations - General
Political Science : Political History
Political Science : History & Theory - General
Political Science : General
Publication Date:
February 2001

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History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy

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