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Sovereignty and Human Security - contesting or complementing concepts? A case study of the European Security Strategy

Sundberg, Louise LU (2014) STVK02 20132
Department of Political Science
Human Rights Studies
Abstract (Swedish)
The sovereignty concept is facing a challenge. In the postmodern world order European member states share a common security strategy and human security has become the guiding principle for European security thinking. The aim of this thesis is to develop conceptualizations of the sovereignty concept that incorporates elements of both state sovereignty and human security. In addition my aim is to analyze how state sovereignty is conceptualized and expressed in the European Security Strategy (ESS). Based on traditional sovereignty theories and critical human security studies I have developed three postmodern definitions of sovereignty: statehood sovereignty, responsibility sovereignty and privilege sovereignty. These sovereignty... (More)
The sovereignty concept is facing a challenge. In the postmodern world order European member states share a common security strategy and human security has become the guiding principle for European security thinking. The aim of this thesis is to develop conceptualizations of the sovereignty concept that incorporates elements of both state sovereignty and human security. In addition my aim is to analyze how state sovereignty is conceptualized and expressed in the European Security Strategy (ESS). Based on traditional sovereignty theories and critical human security studies I have developed three postmodern definitions of sovereignty: statehood sovereignty, responsibility sovereignty and privilege sovereignty. These sovereignty conceptualizations were used as my ideal types when conducting a text analysis of the ESS. My analysis demonstrates that all three sovereignty conceptualizations are expressed in the ESS. My analysis demonstrates a conditional relationship between responsibility sovereignty and privilege sovereignty. Last, I identified that there are differences in how state sovereignty is conceptualized and expressed for EU member states and for states outside of Europe. (Less)
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author
Sundberg, Louise LU
supervisor
organization
course
STVK02 20132
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Sovereignty, Human Security, European Security Strategy, Humanitarian Intervention, Responsibility to Protect
language
English
id
4229026
date added to LUP
2014-01-30 13:02:41
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2014-09-04 08:27:44
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  abstract     = {The sovereignty concept is facing a challenge. In the postmodern world order European member states share a common security strategy and human security has become the guiding principle for European security thinking. The aim of this thesis is to develop conceptualizations of the sovereignty concept that incorporates elements of both state sovereignty and human security. In addition my aim is to analyze how state sovereignty is conceptualized and expressed in the European Security Strategy (ESS). Based on traditional sovereignty theories and critical human security studies I have developed three postmodern definitions of sovereignty: statehood sovereignty, responsibility sovereignty and privilege sovereignty. These sovereignty conceptualizations were used as my ideal types when conducting a text analysis of the ESS. My analysis demonstrates that all three sovereignty conceptualizations are expressed in the ESS. My analysis demonstrates a conditional relationship between responsibility sovereignty and privilege sovereignty. Last, I identified that there are differences in how state sovereignty is conceptualized and expressed for EU member states and for states outside of Europe.},
  author       = {Sundberg, Louise},
  keyword      = {Sovereignty,Human Security,European Security Strategy,Humanitarian Intervention,Responsibility to Protect},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Sovereignty and Human Security - contesting or complementing concepts? A case study of the European Security Strategy},
  year         = {2014},
}