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Divided Sovereignty: International Institutions and the Limits of State Authority

Carmen Pavel


How can we prevent states from committing severe abuses against theory own citizens? Divided Sovereignty provides a new solutions to this old question. It argues that coercive international institutions can stop these abuses and act as an insurance scheme against the possibility of states failing to fulfill their most basic sovereign responsibilities. It thus challenges the long-standing assumption that collective grants of authority from the citizens of a state should be made exclusively for institutions within the borders of that state. Despite worries that international institutions such as ... More

Keywords: sovereignty, international institutions, the International Criminal Court, democratic self-governance, jus cogens, human rights, institutional design, theories of justice, social contract

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199376346
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199376346.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carmen Pavel, author
University of Arizona