Late Sovereignty in Post-Integration Europe: Continuity and Change in a Constitutive Concept

MICROPOLITIES IN THE MARGINS OF EUROPE - POSTCOLONIAL SOVEREIGNTY GAMES, R. Adler-­Nissen and U. Pram-­Grad, eds., Routledge, 2012

U. of Edinburgh School of Law Working Paper No. 2011/35

24 Pages Posted: 1 Nov 2011 Last revised: 27 Feb 2012

Date Written: October 31, 2011

Abstract

This paper examines the state of sovereignty in post-integration Europe. Drawing on linguistic approaches to law and IR, it interrogates Neil Walker’s conception of ‘late sovereignty’, in terms of how it manages the problem of continuity and change in concepts in transition as well as the constitutive and regulative rules of late sovereignty games. The transition from what the paper calls ‘high sovereignty’ to ‘late sovereignty’ entails a broadening of the range of actors who play late sovereignty games to include non-sovereign state entities such as the EU, a redefinition of the ‘particularising’ element of ultimate authority from territory to function, and an evolution of the criteria for what constitutes a ‘good’ sovereignty claim as stipulated by the regulative rules of late sovereignty games. It concludes by assessing the relevance of late sovereignty for the trilateral relationship between the non-continental territories of EU Member States, the Member states themselves and the EU.

Keywords: Sovereignty, post-integration Europe, EU

Suggested Citation

Mac Amhlaigh, Cormac S., Late Sovereignty in Post-Integration Europe: Continuity and Change in a Constitutive Concept (October 31, 2011). MICROPOLITIES IN THE MARGINS OF EUROPE - POSTCOLONIAL SOVEREIGNTY GAMES, R. Adler-­Nissen and U. Pram-­Grad, eds., Routledge, 2012; U. of Edinburgh School of Law Working Paper No. 2011/35. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1951930 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1951930

Cormac S. Mac Amhlaigh (Contact Author)

University of Edinburgh - School of Law ( email )

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Edinburgh, EH8 9YL
United Kingdom

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