Quasi-States: Sovereignty, International Relations and the Third World

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 18, 1993 - Law - 225 pages
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Robert Jackson examines the birth and survival of Third World nations since the end of the Second World War. He describes these countries as "quasi-states," arguing that they exist more by the support and indulgence of the international community than by the abilities and efforts of their own governments and peoples. He investigates the international normative framework that upholds sovereign statehood in the Third World. This he calls "negative sovereignty" and contrasts it with what he sees as the "positive sovereignty" that emerged in Europe along with the modern state. Within this structure, he examines how negative sovereignty arose, and its mechanisms and consequences for both international politics and the domestic conditions of quasi-states. He concludes by assessing the future of quasi-states and the institution of negative sovereignty.
 

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I think this book is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the politics of the developing countries and their foreign policies in the context of their neo-colonial dependency or quasi-state nature. An excellent book.

Contents

STATES AND QUASISTATES
13
A NEW SOVEREIGNTY REGIME
32
SOVEREIGNTY REGIMES IN HISTORY
50
INDEPENDENCE BY RIGHT
82
SOVEREIGNTY AND DEVELOPMENT
109
SOVEREIGN RIGHTS VERSUS HUMAN RIGHTS
139
QUASISTATES AND INTERNATIONAL THEORY
164
CONCLUSION
189
Notes
203
Index
219
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