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Monopoly on the Use of Force

  • Stefan Haack
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Abstract

The monopoly on the use of force, significantly shaped by Max Weber, generally refers to the state monopoly on the legitimate use of physical force—a crucial characteristic of the modern territorial state. The acceptance of the state’s monopoly on the use of force by a private person is based on their expectation that the state authority seems to be prepared and capable to guarantee the minimum amount of safety and to realize the equal enjoyment of these safety benefits for everyone. In today’s world, the exclusivity of the monopoly of force is often challenged, given the phenomenon of failed states, organized crime in metropolises, privatization in the defense sector, etc. Hence, the model of the territorial state based on sovereignty and the monopoly on the use of force which has been globally implemented needs to be redefined under international law in order to adapt to the present circumstances and political realities in our current framework.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefan Haack
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    • 2
  1. 1.Public LawUniversity of BonnBonnGermany
  2. 2.University ViadrinaFrankfurt/OderGermany

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