The sociology of sovereignty

Politics, social transformations and conceptual change

By Terje Rasmussen

The sociology of sovereignty
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  • ISBN: 9781526170811
  • Publish Date: Dec 2023
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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  • ISBN: 9781526170804
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    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-7080-4
    • Published Date: December 2023


    The book examines the intellectual history of the concept of sovereignty from a sociological perspective. Informed by the sociologists Max Weber and Niklas Luhmann, it addresses the concept as the centre of constitutional controversy and as a resource to deal with paradoxes of power in constitutional democracies. It discusses the dilemmas of sovereignty that appear in the wake of the emphasis on political representation, human rights and European integration. The book marks a significant contribution to the scholarly debate on the foundation of constitutional democracy.


    Introduction: a concept in action
    1 A sociology of constitutions
    2 Political uses of 'sovereignty': sociological methodologies
    3 Paradox: early modern formulations of sovereignty
    4 Differentiation: national sovereignty and the sovereign state
    5 The political, politics and sociology
    6 Constitutional symbolism
    7 Human rights versus state sovereignty
    8 Federal sovereignty?


    Terje Rasmussen is a sociologist and Professor of Media Studies at the University of Oslo

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