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Jackson: Quasi-states, dual regimes, and neoclassical theory

Disclaimer. Don't rely on these old notes in lieu of reading the literature, but they can jog your memory. As a grad student long ago, my peers and I collaborated to write and exchange summaries of political science research. I posted them to a wiki-style website. "Wikisum" is now dead but archived here. I cannot vouch for these notes' accuracy, nor can I say who wrote them.

Jackson. 1987. Quasi-states, dual regimes, and neoclassical theory: International jurisprudence and the third worl. International Organization 41 (autumn): 519-49.

After a too-quick skim, this my initial impression of what Jackson is arguing:

Conceptions of sovereignty are being changed by real-world changes. The idea of sovereignty originated in European rationalism; Grotius's work therefore sought to explain and justify the existence of sovereign states. Now, however, we look at newly created states in Africa. In these cases, the discussion has moved from justifying existing states to creating new states and developing their political value; they, too, can be independent international actors.

There is, therefore, a cleavage between how international practitioners (i.e. politicians and diplomats) view the juridical concept of sovereignty and how theorists talk about it. Theorists still have the Grotian, Westphalian view. Jackson seeks to bridge this divide.

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Jackson, Robert (author)International RelationsSovereigntyStatesWestphalia SystemUnits and Actors

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