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The state: conditio sine qua non

Loughlin, Martin (2019) The state: conditio sine qua non. International Journal of Constitutional Law, 16 (4). 1156–1163. ISSN 1474-2640

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The legal idea of the state is commonly misunderstood. In this note, the nature of the concept is explained and its significance for modern legal thought presented. Drawing on the distinction between sovereign and sovereignty, it is argued that the state-an idea that links territory, authority and people in an intelligible scheme-is the foundational concept that enables lawyers coherently to engage with the issue of political authority.

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Divisions: Law
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2018 14:40
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 01:29

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