Stephen David Krasner (born 15 February , New York) is an international relations in his influential book, Sovereignty: Organized Hypocrisy (), in which he defines state sovereignty as clearly drawn out rules in the international . Nevertheless, as Krasner () puts it, sovereignty is nothing but an ‘organised hypocrisy’ as it is acknowledged by all to be utopian, but used. Sovereignty: Organized Hypocrisy by Stephen D. Krasner. Fred H. Lawson. Mills College. Search for more papers by this author.

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Is sovereignty ‘organised hypocrisy’?

An interesting but dissimilar definition of sovereignty is drawn organzed Karma Nabulsi who argues that sovereignty belongs to the people and is the authority exercised by them through various forms of resistance to repressive and unrepresentative rule.

Please Consider Donating Before you download your free e-book, please consider donating to support open access publishing. Organized Hyppocrisyin which he defines state sovereignty as clearly drawn out rules in the international system. Nevertheless, to take for granted that the compelling idea that sovereignty is an organised hypocrisy would also be a mistake. In fact, it has been argued that the sovereignty of all European states might actually be hpocrisy thanks to the cooperation and consultation system which operates at the hpocrisy level, as it makes them carry more political weight Gourdault-Montagne and Ischinger, Oxford University Press, pp.

Krasner also argues that bureaucratic procedures and bureaucratic politics are not what shape American foreign policy. First of all, the concept of Westphalian sovereignty has been seen by states as a guiding principle rather that as a law to abide to.

Stephen D. Krasner – Wikipedia

Instead, he states that the undisputed power of the U. On the one hand, it can be argued that sovereignty is not a fictitious idea. Krasner is the author of six books and over ninety articles. In this regard, it may sound peculiar to hear that even in pieces of land as small as 10 sq km, there are contentions over the principle of sovereignty. Organised HypocrisyKrasner argues that the word sovereignty has four distinctive attributes: In international lawthe rule is that a state has the exclusive right to have control over an area of governance, people, and that a state has a legitimate exercise of power and the interpretation of international law.


This page was last edited on 28 Marchat As a matter of fact, the normative conceptualisation of sovereignty is possibly one of the most successful and long-standing concept within international politics, given that it has survived over three centuries of history and it is sought by all those entities wanting to become members of the states system Bickerton, Cunliffe and Gourevitch, In reality, only Westphalian and international legal sovereignty are questioned as they represent the pivotal expressions of the principle of sovereignty.

However, the above classification cannot be exhaustive given that the problem in conceptualising sovereignty is that it becomes hard to separate the descriptive and normative significance of the concept Karp, That is because the code of behaviour which evolved around the concept of sovereignty is not based on the most powerful states manoeuvring it at their desire.

Even when the globalisation phenomenon seems to attack the basis of interdependence sovereignty, states are still required to be legally recognised by other states and are also required to follow the tenets of international law enshrined in the United Nations Charter which maintains that all states are equal sovereigns operating in the world order UN, Rather, state A will act in accordance to the limits of the law and to the means it provides.

Nevertheless, sovereignty remains an important principle protected and wanted by many, even by the smallest territories. But what is the fuss about this political idea? Sovereignty can be said to be the fundamental pillar on which international relations take place. Views Read Edit View history.

Stephen D. Krasner

He has taught courses on international relationsinternational political hypocrisginternational relations theory, policy making, and state-building at Stanford University.

The analysis will be carried out by keeping in mind the existing distinction between reality and utopia, between the descriptive and normative meanings of sovereignty. President is what ultimately leads to the foreign policy decisions Are Bureaucracies Important?


The aim of this essay is thus to understand whether sovereignty is really a straw man, a false utopian idea injected consciously in politics so as to make the world work in a certain way. Most of all, sovereignty cannot be an obsolete and hypocritical idea when big and powerful states still proclaim its principle making serious implications of it. Krasner believes in conflict prevention, in which he believes the United States and non-governmental organizations NGOs should make it clear that stabilizing weak states in the world is high on the policy agenda.

Retrieved from ” https: It has also been one orasner the most debated concepts in International Relations thereafter IR in the last 20 years, particularly since the end of the Cold War when the nature of statehood and boundaries seems to be redrawn by the forces of globalisation and human rights rhetoric.

Another example can be drawn from the WikiLeaks most recent file disclosure, in which it appears that the Vatican made use of its right as a sovereign state to blame the actions executed by the Irish Commission investigating on child abuses committed by the priests Kington, For the sports writer and author of children’s books, see Stephen Krasner.

The concept of sovereignty has evolved and is still evolving, however its controversial and questionable nature has not evolved, as the world keeps on witnessing the same disasters and the same usurpations of the most powerful towards the weaker states. Before you download your free e-book, please consider donating to support open access publishing. Nevertheless, to remain coherent with the purpose of this work, the fourfold taxonomy by Stephen Krasner will also be outlined in order to offer a comprehensive definition of the term in question.