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Published: 27 July 2017

242 Pages


ISBN: 9780190692179

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Divided Sovereignty

International Institutions and the Limits of State Authority

Carmen Pavel

  • Provides an explanation of why individuals should participate in the creation of coercive international institutions and why states should obey them, given that the latter have primary responsibility for the protection of individual rights and may regard such institutions as dangerous, unjustified impositions that must be resisted
  • Argues that normative models of institutions cannot be advanced responsibly without an empirical understanding of how institutions actually perform their functions
  • Claims that regulative principles of justice should be grounded in institutional facts
  • Aims to motivate political philosophers to rethink the mental maps that connect their views about justice with specific institutional models

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