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Questioning Sovereignty: Law, State, and Nation in the European Commonwealth

Neil MacCormick


This book examines the transformation of sovereignty in the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU), the transition from sovereign states to post-sovereign states, devolution and nationalism, and the future of the British union. It applies the institutional theory of law to a general inquiry into the relations of law and state, and to the question of the character of a Rechtsstaat or state under the rule of law. This clears the ground for a historical/analytical review of the UK as union state, and of the Benthamite or Diceyan view of its constitution, grounded in the idea of sovereign ... More

Keywords: sovereignty, sovereign states, post-sovereign states, devolution, nationalism, state, rule of law, institutional theory of law, European Union, United Kingdom

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198268765
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198268765.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neil MacCormick, author
Edinburgh University