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On Sovereignty

Zvonko Posavec ; Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

Puni tekst: hrvatski, pdf (1 MB) str. 148-155 preuzimanja: 609* citiraj
APA 6th Edition
Posavec, Z. (1993). O suverenitetu. Politička misao, 30 (4), 148-155. Preuzeto s
MLA 8th Edition
Posavec, Zvonko. "O suverenitetu." Politička misao, vol. 30, br. 4, 1993, str. 148-155. Citirano 25.10.2020.
Chicago 17th Edition
Posavec, Zvonko. "O suverenitetu." Politička misao 30, br. 4 (1993): 148-155.
Posavec, Z. (1993). 'O suverenitetu', Politička misao, 30(4), str. 148-155. Preuzeto s: (Datum pristupa: 25.10.2020.)
Posavec Z. O suverenitetu. Politička misao [Internet]. 1993 [pristupljeno 25.10.2020.];30(4):148-155. Dostupno na:
Z. Posavec, "O suverenitetu", Politička misao, vol.30, br. 4, str. 148-155, 1993. [Online]. Dostupno na: [Citirano: 25.10.2020.]

The author initiates the article with the theory that the concept of
sovereignty significantly differs in the late middle ages and the early
modern age. Bodin gave to the sovereign the competency to both
legislation and commanding and thus created a significant shift forward
from the medieval monarchical competency. Although he connected the
two competencies, he was still unable to make sovereign master of law
but only master of statutes, with some limitations. The modern age
recognizes two types of sovereignty: sovereignty of the sovereign and
sovereignty of the people. The first case deals with absolute monarchies,
while the second is concerned with democracies. Today, only the latter
case is politically relevant
The author differentiates between 'the people' as a group of
autonomous individuals, and 'the people' as an organic entity. The first
form of political unity comes from the autonomous individuals, and sees
in the government only limiting power, while the second sees the basis
for political unity in the whole of the ethnic body, culture, language,
religion, history, etc. The second form has its roots in the romanticism
of the 19th century, and after the fall of socialist systems, is again dominant
in political thought and practice. The author warns of the dangers of
one-sided use of organic unity in the creation of political communities
and considers a combination of national and individual elements
(democratic and liberal) the only successful basis for sovereignty.

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