Contested Multilateral Dominance

  • Erik O. EriksenEmail author


This chapter discusses the instances of dominance and democratic challenges that occur in an increasingly multilateral and interdependent world. It addresses the problem of multilateral dominance that arises when a higher-ranking arbitrator is missing. Then it revisits the concept of sovereignty and clarifies the distinction between state sovereignty and popular sovereignty. The European integration experiment is part of a larger process of increasing cosmopolitanisation of nation-states and institutionalisation of human rights. Sovereignty has become a question of complying with international standards of democracy and human rights. However, legal protection beyond the nation-state may increase citizens’ private autonomy at the expense of their political autonomy. Lastly, the chapter discusses constitutions as a coupling between law and politics that differentiation has decoupled.


Executive multilateralism Dominance Sovereignty Human rights Constitutionalism Juridification 


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  1. 1.ARENA Centre for European StudiesUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

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