Heterogenesis of State Sovereignty

  • Davide Cadeddu
Part of the The European Heritage in Economics and the Social Sciences book series (EHES, volume 15)


Historical events warn of how power can degenerate into uncontrolled freedom, since, as Olivetti notes, recalling the words of Montesquieu, ‘where man has power, he is prone to abuse it: he goes as far as limits allow’. Power needs to be limited by another form of power: this is the only truly effective means. In other words, only balanced social forces and balanced forms of State power can ensure individuals’ freedom: a balance between ‘forces which represent interests’ that are present around places of production, both industrial and agricultural; and a balance between institutional structures through which power is exercised.


State Sovereignty Social Element Political Class Popular Sovereignty Universal Suffrage 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Davide Cadeddu
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  1. 1.University of MilanMilanoItaly

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