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Andrew Dabrowski 12/3/2007 POLI 150 Mosley Word Count: 840 The Decline of Sovereignty The notion of sovereignty entails that a governing body has absolute right over a territory, a nation, or oneself. The Treaty of Westphalia established an international paradigm in which states held the right to maintain complete governance over their own territories and subjects without the influence of any other country or empire. However, changes in the global system have recently led to an erosion of the traditional idea of sovereignty. The advent of globalization has led to a system of interdependence which has a de facto effect on the powers of sovereignty. Transnational threats, NGOs, and multinational corporations have all combined to usurp the traditional position of the sovereign state. Human rights and humanitarian causes have become increasingly more important on a global scale, prompting discussions over the nature of intervention. The nation-state does indeed remain the central actor in international politics, yet its role has greatly changed in the past half-century, and continues to change as new international developments occur. It does seem true, as Stephen Krasner writes, that globalization has allowed states to more effectively manage the legal and official flow of capital and goods. Recent developments in transportation and infrastructure have allowed states to move more and
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