Thoughts on Sovereignty

Society in transition, 35(2), 197-203, 2004

Posted: 20 Sep 2019

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Clifford Shearing

University of Cape Town; University of Montreal, School of Criminology; University of New South Wales; University of Toronto

M. Marks


Date Written: 2004


These introductory remarks canvas some of the debates over shifts in the governance of security that prompted the development of this Special Issue of Policing & Society. They show how while there is an Anglo-American/Continental European focus to these debates, they draw attention to issues that extend beyond this particular context. At the heart of these, and the wider debates of which they are a part, are questions about the nature of contemporary sovereignty.

Suggested Citation

Shearing, Clifford D and Marks, M., Thoughts on Sovereignty (2004). Society in transition, 35(2), 197-203, 2004, Available at SSRN:

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