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Title The “Dual Identity” of the Sovereign State and the Problem of Foundation in Global Politics
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University/Publisher University of Ottawa
Abstract Recently, many authors from various theoretical backgrounds have written books or articles trying to clarify what the role of the sovereign state is within the wider political context of “global politics.” This thesis seeks to critically engage with the way in which this debate has been framed by the vast majority of these authors. Indeed, while most authors frame this debate as an essentially empirical disagreement concerning the objective composition of global politics, we will be arguing that it is really a debate that concerns the problem of political foundation and the possibly changing nature of the dominant ways of answering this problem in contemporary “global politics.” From this perspective, the vast majority of those involved in this debate simply pass over - as somehow analytically uninteresting - most of the questions that would really need to be explained and understood. This thesis seeks to address this crucial oversight
Subjects/Keywords gouvernance; sovereignty; the state; global politics; International Relations Theory; foundation; globalization
Language en
Country of Publication ca
Record ID handle:10393/23338
Repository ottawa
Date Indexed 2018-01-03
Issued Date 2012-01-01 00:00:00

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…almost all of the contributions to this ever growing body of literature. While this implicit ontological status was more evident in the explicitly state-centric accounts of ‘global politics that are framed in terms of “international relations,” it was…

…problems of contemporary International Relations theory in general and of the ir/gg debate in particular. Indeed, from this perspective, a research program that occludes a consideration of the problem of political foundation, neglects to discuss most of…

…politics that do not ignore the problem of political foundation. At this point it would also be important to note that while much of our discussion will center on the academic discourses on international relations (henceforth IR), we would not…

…consider this thesis to be a contribution to these discourses as such. Rather, following Campbell and Dillon (1993), we will be approaching the discourses of international relations as a feature and a function of modern political thought, (…

…which) is also a feature and a function of the crisis of that thought. Here international relations as a discipline is regarded as an element of a much more extensive and involved issue. It then becomes a part of that which has to be reexplored…

…rather than itself providing an acceptable account of both the limits and the dynamics of its claimed subject domain. The object is then not to add to international relations, but to re-disclose some of the framework within which the discipline itself…

international relations rather than an engagement in international relations. (p. 30) Furthermore, while we do consider this thesis as an engagement with IR - in the sense that we do seek to engage critically with the “conditions which enable the…

…production and reproduction of international relations” in our discussion of the sovereign state - it is also in many ways an engagement for IR because it argues against those who claim that the “world is flat” or in any way “borderless” and insists on the…

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