Sovereign Equality, the First World and the Third
Of the minting of new sovereignties there is no end. A kind of Gresham’s Law has seemed to operate in the post-Second-WorldWar world. Bad ideas of what it takes to make a state have sometimes driven out good ideas. As Hedley Bull, who like Bruce Miller has argued strongly and effectively for the continued centrality of ‘the state’ in comprehending the contemporary world political system, has written, there has been ‘a certain debasing of the currency of statehood’.1 This essay examines the extent of the debasing and the gravity of the problem as it affects relations between the West and the Third World.
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