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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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The Concept of the State as a Community of Liability

The Concept of the State as a Community of Liability

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(p.163) 6 The Concept of the State as a Community of Liability
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The Concept of the State in International Relations
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Peter M. R. Stirk

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748693627.003.0007

This chapter first discusses the relationship between the concept of the state and the idea of collective liability. It then elaborates on an alternative conception of the state as a community of liability. The idea of the state as a community of liability provides a supplementary account of the state to the normal emphasis upon the agency of the state, and is rooted in an understanding of the state that is hostile to any supposition of the state being in any way a natural or substantive agent. This liability means that any and all of the state's members, the innocent as well as the guilty, may face sanctions for the delicts of the state.

Keywords:   state, statehood, international relations, sovereignty, collective liability, community liability

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