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Comparative Territorial Politics

Cosmopolitanism, Self-Determination and Territory

Justice with Borders

Authors: Angeli, Oliviero

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Territorial rights are often perceived to create barriers and discriminate against the poor. This study challenges that notion by re-examining the cosmopolitan understanding of territory. It addresses issues from the right to vote, the right to exclude others to the legitimacy of territorial boundaries and the exploitation of natural resources.

About the authors

Oliviero Angeli is a Lecturer at the University of Dresden and teaches political theory, with special emphasis on constitutionalism and contemporary theories of (global) justice. He has published widely in these fields as well as on migration and Kantian philosophy. He has held visiting posts and fellowships at various universities, including the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Oxford University, the European University Institute in Florence and the Catholic University of Louvain.

Reviews

'This rigorously argued innovative book discusses the moral significance of territory. Using sharp analytic tools Dr. Angeli exposes mercilessly the fallacies in the traditional treatment of issues including cosmopolitanism and self-determination. Under his view moral cosmopolitanism does not preclude territorial rights. This book challenges the most entrenched beliefs of contemporary political theorists and provides an original and a compelling alternative which will greatly influence contemporary discourse concerning the international order.'

Alon Harel, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

'Territory is back in political theory and Angeli's concise book shows why liberals ought to take it seriously. Angeli reconciles moral cosmopolitanism with rights of states to self-determination and shows how control over immigration and resources must be limited but can also be justified. He writes with exceptional clarity and makes his argument accessible to a wide audience.'

Rainer Bauböck, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

'Why should we think of states as entitled to wield authority over a specific territory? In his clear-headed and historically erudite study, Oliviero Angeli identifies the challenges that arise for theories of political territoriality if we take seriously the universalistic idea of individuals as bearers of cosmopolitan rights. His substantive account shows why we should reject "liberal nationalist" views that rely on special ethical relations to territory, and instead embrace the value of democratic self-determination.'

Peter Niesen, University of Hamburg, Germany

'Although the issue of what justifies states' territorial rights has recently attracted a great deal of attention in normative political theory, there are still very few book-length treatments of the topic. Oliviero Angeli's deeply engaging and erudite monograph fills a major gap in the literature by illuminating the historical sources of recent controversies and by providing an elegant defence of democratic self-determination constrained by cosmopolitan norms. His analysis of the right to exclude and the principle of permanent sovereignty over natural resources draws on philosophical, legal and sociological literature and is grounded on a Kantian-inspired functionalist theory of territory from which both general readers and specialists will have much to learn.'

Lea Ypi, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Angeli, Oliviero

    Pages 1-14

  • Genealogies of the Territorial State

    Angeli, Oliviero

    Pages 15-54

  • Territorial Rights and Rights over Territory

    Angeli, Oliviero

    Pages 55-72

  • Territorial Inclusion and Its Boundaries

    Angeli, Oliviero

    Pages 73-92

  • Territorial Exclusion and Its Boundaries

    Angeli, Oliviero

    Pages 93-118

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cosmopolitanism, Self-Determination and Territory
Book Subtitle
Justice with Borders
Authors
Series Title
Comparative Territorial Politics
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-00495-6
DOI
10.1057/9781137004956
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-00494-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-43459-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 169
Topics