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LegitimacyThe State and Beyond$
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Wojciech Sadurski, Michael Sevel, and Kevin Walton

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198825265

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198825265.001.0001

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The Future of State Sovereignty

The Future of State Sovereignty

(p.69) IV The Future of State Sovereignty

Joseph Raz

Oxford University Press

This chapter is the first of four to focus on the legitimacy of the state. It starts with a question: Do increasing challenges to state sovereignty require legal theory to be re-thought? The chapter observes that, despite these increasing challenges, state sovereignty persists, since no alternative is available. It then argues that the success of the assortment of international organizations that challenge state sovereignty depends on their ability to attract loyalty, which depends, in turn, on their ability to recognize the truth of pluralism and respond to diverse interests, preferences, and traditions. It also suggests that perhaps such value-pluralism is best protected by sovereign states.

Keywords:   legitimacy, authority, sovereignty, state, international organization, loyalty, value-pluralism

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