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Sovereignty, Power or Authority?

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Even to this late date and with the term, "like so many other words in our political lexicon ", what then is Sovereignty? Sovereignty, strictly, is the locus of ultimate legitimate authority in a political society, once the Prince or "the Crown," later parliament or the people. In my essay, I will discuss the origins of Sovereignty, the different types of Sovereignty, Sovereignty's future. Sovereignty is the quality of having supreme, independent authority over a territory. It can be found in a power to rule and make law that rests on a political fact for which no purely legal explanation can be provided. The idea of Sovereignty is ever-changing throughout history. During the Classical period, the Roman Jurist Ulpian observed that, the imperium of the people is transferred to the Emperor, the Emperor is not bound by the law and the Emperor's word is law. In the late 1550s, a time where civil war desperately cries out for a stronger central authority, Sovereignty reemerged. ...read more.


For example, the commonwealth countries that were once ruled by the British. In operational terms, internal sovereignty in today's modern democracy means the ability of a government to formulate, implement, and manage public policy. Thus, in terms of this inquiry, which focuses on the regulatory and rule-making dimension of public policy-making, governments exercise internal sovereignty when they make laws and regulations. Moving on, the principle of Sovereignty has been modified as a result of a number of political developments which have taken place in the 19th and 20th centuries. I will elaborate further about Sovereignty in the UK. Like Singapore, where the President is like the Queen in UK, power and decision making lies with the Prime Minister and Parliament. Hence, the term "Parliamentary Sovereignty". According to its principles, Parliament is the only body that can make law for the UK. No other authority can overrule and change the laws which have already been made by Parliament. ...read more.


How about Sovereignty co-existing with Democracy? A popular ideal for the people of today. Democracy is known as "Popular Sovereignty". I believe it was given this name because a small amount of power is passed on to the citizens. Such instances will be mass electorate and referendums. In this manner, Popular Sovereignty is indeed ideal and desired in most states. However, "Popular sovereignty" of the people can also be downgraded and or shelved. Finally, will sovereignty be inevitable in the future? Will there always be the supreme authority guiding the nations. I wholeheartedly believe that sovereignty will exist like how it did during the dawn of human beings. Even if it is the slightest situation in a household, "sovereignty" in that sense, lies with the parents. On a national and international level, sovereignty may eventually merge with concepts such as democracy and perhaps be a double edges sword when it merges with brute force and violence. As Lassa Oppeheim said "There exists perhaps no conception more controversial than that of sovereignty. It has never been entirely agreed upon", the exact definition and practical use of sovereignty has already been blurred. ...read more.

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