Sovereignty Essays

The Belize Guatemala Dispute

The Belize-Guatemala Territorial Dispute Is an unresolved bi-national territorial dispute between the state of Belize and Guatemala, neighbors in Central America. Belize or Belizean- controlled territory has been claimed in whole or in part by Guatemala since 1940. Now in 2013 they plan to claim Belize again. “British Honduras faced two obstacles to independence: British reluctance until the early 1960s to allow citizens to govern themselves, and Guatemala’s complete intransigence over its long-standing claim to the entire territory (Guatemala had…

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Political Theory

Introduction While approaching the writings of major philosophical figures in the 16th century and the 17th century there emerges several weaknesses in addition to their political thought in their time. In his work, The Foundations of Modern Political Thought, Quentin Skinner’s emphasises the ‘textualist’ approach by the ones writing within the genre of political theory and further claim that they “rarely supplies us with genuine histories”. 1 Skinner seems to engage in a ‘historical’ approach to the writings of political…

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Sovereign State

Evolution of role and meaning of government as social-political institution in common and government sovereignty in particular is one of the most actual topics for discussions nowadays. Fundamental processes in spheres of politics and economics change radically usual positions for role of state and meaning of its formal attribute – government sovereignty. It is connected with the fact that in the modern world governments to a greater extent are forced to renounce by part of their prerogatives, being limited in…

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About Sovereigns and Tyrants

There is a great distinction between a sovereign and a tyrant, although oftentimes people are confused by the meaning of the two. A sovereign is a leader of state that acquired his or her position by being elected or appointed by the people. A tyrant, on the other hand, is a self proclaimed leader, assuming leadership “without election, or right of succession, or lot, or a just war, or a special calling from God” (Bodin, 1992). Under the circumstances of…

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International Relations

International relations (IR) is the study of relationships among countries, the roles of sovereign states, inter-governmental organizations (IGO), international non-governmental organizations (INGO), non-governmental organizations (NGO), and multinational corporations (MNC). International relations is an academic and a public policy field, and so can be positive and normative, because it analyzes and formulates the foreign policy of a given State. As political activity, international relations dates from the time of the Greek historian Thucydides (ca. 460–395 BC), and, in the early 20th…

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Thomas Hobbes` Leviathan

What, according to Hobbes, are the greatest threats to the stability and good order within a commonwealth? What is the connection between Hobbes concern for these threats and his concept of sovereignty?             Hobbes’s argument regarding sovereignty is well-known and perhaps briefly summarized. Two points require prominence: that the fundamental structure of his theory of sovereignty in Leviathan had previously been recognized in The Elements of Law; and that Hobbes thought that the exercise of ‘private judgment’ was irreconcilable with…

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The Affirmation of Existence

Sovereignty presents us with the possibility of pursuing our desires under a stable and secure community. This sovereignty is dependent upon the individual’s willingness to be placed under a societal contract. Such an agreement is tantamount to allowing the individual’s self to be “locked into a set of limited conditions for both analysis and practice” since it entails the individual’s passive agreement to the discourse attached to the social contract (Shaw 10). Since no discourse can end in absolute knowledge…

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