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The Concept of the State in International RelationsPhilosophy, Sovereignty and Cosmopolitanism$
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Robert Schuett and Peter M. R. Stirk

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748693627

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748693627.001.0001

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Decolonising Sovereignty

Decolonising Sovereignty

Globalisation and the Return of Hyper-Sovereignty

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The Concept of the State in International Relations

John M. Hobson

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter begins by outlining the return of ‘manifest Eurocentrism’ in the post-1989 era from which the constructions of globalisation and state sovereignty are derived. It reveals how the manifest Eurocentrism of these two theoretical conglomerates has led to the construction of world politics not as one of sovereign, juridically equal sovereign states existing under global anarchy but rather of gradated sovereignty under global hierarchy. Mainstream international theory after 1989 takes two generic forms — Western-realism and Western-liberalism. Western-realists want to contain and punish ‘recalcitrant and deviant’ Eastern societies while the Western-liberals believe that disciplining and converting the East into an extension of the West is a genuinely progressive good that Easterners will one day be grateful for.

Keywords:   sovereign state, globalisation, international relations, sovereignty, Eurocentrism, realism, liberalism

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