Tuesday, February 4, 2014

New Release: Glanville, "Sovereignty and the Responsibility to Protect: A New History"

New from the University of Chicago Press: Sovereignty and the Responsibility to Protect: A New History, by Luke Glanville (Australian National University). A description from the Press:
In 2011, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 1973, authorizing its member states to take measures to protect Libyan civilians from Muammar Gadhafi’s forces. In invoking the “responsibility to protect,” the resolution draws on the principle that sovereign states are responsible and accountable to the international community for the protection of their populations and that the international community can act to protect populations when national authorities fail to do so. The idea that sovereignty includes the responsibility to protect is often seen as a departure from the classic definition, but it actually has deep historical roots.
In Sovereignty and the Responsibility to Protect, Luke Glanville argues that this responsibility extends back to the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and that states have since been accountable for this responsibility to God, the people, and the international community. Over time, the right to national self-governance came to take priority over the protection of individual liberties, but the noninterventionist understanding of sovereignty was only firmly established in the twentieth century, and it remained for only a few decades before it was challenged by renewed claims that sovereigns are responsible for protection.
Glanville traces the relationship between sovereignty and responsibility from the early modern period to the present day, and offers a new history with profound implications for the present.
A few blurbs:
“Luke Glanville provides a powerful corrective to the literature that sees sovereignty—and particularly the right of nonintervention—as a static norm in international politics, showing that there has always been an inherent tension between rights and responsibilities and that the ‘traditional’ meaning of sovereignty became predominant only at the end of World War II. Well-written and deeply rooted in the relevant literature, Sovereignty and the Responsibility to Protect makes a valuable contribution to scholarship in international relations.” -- Stacie Goddard, Wellesley College

"In international relations, sovereignty has often been associated with the rule of noninterference. In practice, it has been used as a veil behind which abusive governments hide. In this brilliant new book, Luke Glanville explodes the myth that sovereignty grants states carte blanche to govern however they please. In meticulous detail, Glanville shows that the theory and practice of sovereignty has always entailed responsibilities as well as rights. Sovereignty and the Responsibility to Protect forces us all to rethink how we understand, practice, and teach others about sovereignty. As such, it marks an  important contribution to the field that should be read by newcomers and old hands alike." -- Alex Bellamy, Griffith University, Australia
More information is available here.