By Margaret Moore
Our international is at the moment divided into territorial states that withstand all makes an attempt to alter their borders. yet what entitles a kingdom, or the folks it represents, to imagine monopoly keep watch over over a selected piece of the Earth's floor? Why are they allowed to avoid others from coming into? What if or extra states, or or extra teams of individuals, declare an analogous piece of land?
Political philosophy, which has had greatly to assert concerning the dating among country and citizen, has mostly neglected those questions on territory. This e-book presents solutions. It justifies the belief of territory itself by way of the ethical price of political self-determination; it additionally justifies, inside of limits, these components that we in most cases go along with territorial rights: rights of jurisdiction, rights over assets, correct to regulate borders etc. The e-book bargains normative tips over a couple of very important concerns dealing with us at the present time, all of which contain territory and territorial rights, yet that are at the moment handled by way of advert hoc reasoning: disputes over assets; disputes over barriers, oceans, unoccupied islands, and the frozen Arctic; disputes rooted in old injustices with reference to land; secessionist conflicts; and irredentist conflicts. In an international within which there's endured strain on borders and keep an eye on over assets, from potential migrants and from the determined terrible, and no coherent concept of territory to imagine via those difficulties, this e-book bargains an unique, systematic, and complicated conception of why territory concerns, who has rights over territory, and the scope and bounds of those rights.
"This is a well-written, well-argued ebook on an awfully very important and till lately ignored subject. Moore is impressively an expert of all of the suitable philosophical literature and does a very good task mostly of distinguishing her view from these of others reminiscent of Miller, Waldron, Kolers, Meisels, and 9. Moore succeeds in staking out a brand new, but very believable position-one that avoids the deficiencies of rival theories."-Allen Buchanan, James B. Duke Professor, Duke college
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27. For excellent analyses of this period, see Christopher Hibbert, The French Revolution (London: Penguin, 1982), and Colin Jones, The Great Nation: France from Louis XV to Napoleon (New York: Columbia University Press, 2002). 32 A Political Theory of Territory 2 8. Sebastian C. St. J. Anstis and Mark W. Zacher, ‘The Normative Bases of the Global Territorial Order’, Diplomacy and Statecraft, vol. 21, no. 2 (2010), 306–323. 29. See Arash Abizadeh, ‘Democratic Theory and Border Coercion: No Right to Unilaterally Control Your Own Border’, Political Theory, vol.
Natural rights to property can be seen as rooted in the fundamental importance of private holdings to the exercise of liberty, that is, to the ability of persons to 18 A Political Theory of Territory engage in individual or collective projects. 6 The right to private property is limited by the right to subsistence (to preservation and consequently the fruits of the earth). 7 A crucial point, for our purposes, is that this account rests on the acceptance of natural property rights. , families), many of whom have property in land, combining together to create a state.
19 It also is insufficiently nuanced. The standard for state legitimacy is set so high that no state can meet it. The problem with this is that it tends to fail our ordinary-language use of the term ‘legitimacy’, which we tend to think of as either a threshold concept, which some states can meet and others can’t, or a scalar concept, where we can identify some states as more legitimate than others. The emphasis on free consent seems to be an all-ornothing matter and to be at odds with how the concept of state legitimacy functions.