State Sovereignty, the Politics of Identity and the Place of the Political

  • David S. Stern
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


In this chapter I argue that the notion of state sovereignty presupposes that the place of politics is pre-eminently the state. Recent developments in both theory and practice, however, compel reconceptualization of the political. The familiar but diverse developments I have in mind have often seemed readily divisible into two categories: those emphasizing international and even global affairs, on the one hand, and those concerned with more local, particularistic, or even interstitial politics on the other.


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