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Sovereignty and the New Executive Authority

Claire Finkelstein and Michael Skerker


This volume explores moral and legal issues relating to the concept of sovereignty across four areas. The essays in Part I address foundational questions about the nature of sovereignty and seek to trace the ways in which the traditional concept of sovereignty laid the foundation for the modern conception of executive authority. The essays in Part II examine the tension between the executive’s duty to act expeditiously for the public interest and the executive’s duty to gain citizens’ consent for his or her actions. In a liberal society, where the citizenry is understood to be the locus of sov ... More

Keywords: sovereignty, Hobbes, Kant, targeted killing, rendition, interrogation, torture, secrecy, transparency, executive authority

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190922542
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190922542.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Claire Finkelstein, editor
University of Pennsylvania

Michael Skerker, editor
US Naval Academy

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Part One The Intellectual Roots of Sovereignty

Part Two Sovereignty in the Present Age: Modern Executive Authority in a Constitutional Democracy

5 Sovereignty and Executive Power

Christopher W. Morris

Part Three Vertical Sovereignty: Presidential Powers and National Security

Part Four Horizontal Sovereignty: International Relations and War

12 Logically Private Laws

Duncan MacIntosh*

15 Defense and Ignorance

Alexander A. Guerrero

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