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Sovereignty

The legal right of a state to govern its own affairs in its own territory without outside interference. Sovereignty may reside with an individual (such as a monarch, sometimes known as a sovereign), a body (such as a parliament) or with the populace as a whole. The notion of sovereignty is less clear in federal governments like the U.S. and Canada, as sovereignty is split between the national government and the regional governments. This is a matter of considerable controversy in some countries.
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106) Accordingly, Orford suggests, sovereign power became preoccupied with control rather than domination, meaning that rights guarantees took on a facilitative role, ameliorating the excesses incurred in the management of human life, particularly in cases where core sovereign functions are also at play: migration control, national security and the administration of (quasi-) criminal justice.
91) Whether a developing country is resource-rich or resource-poor, in other words, turns in part on what resources were left by colonial authorities when international law vested it with sovereign power.
This connection of sovereign power with theater marks the most original and insightful part of McClure's book.
Mr Owen is not a republican but believes the Commons should remain the sovereign power of the state and not be "summoned" by an unelected Monarch.
found a clear expression of the meaning that formula had for Paul VI, in his Christmas message of 1963, where he said that the supreme power of the council "proceeds from that of the conciliar members united to the sovereign power of the pope" (108).
The Russian monarchy did not emerge as a sovereign power until the second half of the fifteenth century.
The only question left to ask, he argued, was this: "Will common folk have, and exercise, a sovereign power to watch the watchers?
Writes Tocqueville, "Religion intimately united with the governments of the earth have been known to exercise sovereign power founded on terror and faith; but when a religion contracts an alliance of this nature, I do not hesitate to affirm that it commits the same error as a man who should sacrifice his future to his present welfare; and in obtaining a power to which it has no claim, it risks that authority which is rightfully its own.
The new interim cabinet - a PM, a deputy premier for security and 31 ministers who include six women - will take over day-to-day operations of government ministries immediately, although the US-run CPA remains the sole sovereign power in Iraq until June 30.
Where in reality, what we often call "democracy" in the modern constitutional State is sovereign power at the level of formal, immanent, and commonsense relations, concerned with maintaining its capacity for reproduction.
And to the Republic - Republic - a state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern.
The essential point is the transfer of the most vital element of sovereign power from the states to a supranational government.