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Against "permanent sovereignty" over natural resources

Against "permanent sovereignty" over natural resources
Against "permanent sovereignty" over natural resources
The doctrine of permanent sovereignty over natural resources is a hugely consequential one in the contemporary world, appearing to grant nation-states both jurisdiction-type rights and rights of ownership over the resources to be found in their territories. But the normative justification for that doctrine is far from clear. This article elucidates the best arguments that might be made for permanent sovereignty, including claims from national improvement of or attachment to resources, as well as functionalist claims linking resource rights to key state functions. But it also shows that these defences are insufficient to justify permanent sovereignty and that in many cases they actually count against it as a practice. They turn out to be compatible, furthermore, with the dispersal of resource rights away from the nation-state which global justice appears to demand.
1470-594X
129-151
Armstrong, Chris
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Armstrong, Chris
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Armstrong, Chris (2014) Against "permanent sovereignty" over natural resources. Politics, Philosophy & Economics, 14 (2), 129-151. (doi:10.1177/1470594X14523080).

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The doctrine of permanent sovereignty over natural resources is a hugely consequential one in the contemporary world, appearing to grant nation-states both jurisdiction-type rights and rights of ownership over the resources to be found in their territories. But the normative justification for that doctrine is far from clear. This article elucidates the best arguments that might be made for permanent sovereignty, including claims from national improvement of or attachment to resources, as well as functionalist claims linking resource rights to key state functions. But it also shows that these defences are insufficient to justify permanent sovereignty and that in many cases they actually count against it as a practice. They turn out to be compatible, furthermore, with the dispersal of resource rights away from the nation-state which global justice appears to demand.

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Published date: 20 March 2014
Organisations: Politics & International Relations

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Local EPrints ID: 355035
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/355035
ISSN: 1470-594X
PURE UUID: 519b96b3-cbcb-4b2b-b4d0-dec016a25e30
ORCID for Chris Armstrong: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7462-5316

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Date deposited: 25 Jul 2013 14:21
Last modified: 21 Apr 2020 00:29

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