Inclusive Sovereignty

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= in contrast with 'exclusive' nation-based sovereignty


Robyn Eckersley:

"while the liberal/republican idea that the fundamental source of political authority lies in the “the people” would be maintained, it would no longer necessarily always regard “the people” qua members of particular nation-states. Rather, the “people” would remain sovereign, but would be a more variable and fluid community made up of all those who happen to belong, or who are likely to belong, to the relevant “community-at-risk.” In short, these new structures of democratic governance are inclusive rather than exclusive of those outside the “nation-state” in those circumstances where they may be seriously affected by proposed decisions. These is no reason why these innovations cannot be grafted on to existing state structures - indeed, it is difficult to envisage how else they might be effectively and systematically institutionalised and legitimized, at least in the short term. Such states would become what Ulrich Beck has called “transnational states,” that is, states that have developed their sovereignty and identity beyond the national level." (chapter 8 of the book: The Green State