Property, sovereignty and self-determination in Australia

Reynolds, Henry (2013) Property, sovereignty and self-determination in Australia. In: Larmour, Peter, (ed.) The Governance of Common Property in the Pacific Region. Australian National University E Press, Canberra, ACT, Australia, pp. 123-126.

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[Extract] The concept of national sovereignty is under siege in many parts of the world as states lose power from above to global markets and global organisations and are challenged from below by regions, minorities and entrapped nations. Such developments are particularly apparent in Europe with the break-up of the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia, and with the ceding of power within the European Union to the Commission, the Parliament and the Court. At the same time regions are asserting new or rediscovered identities.

John Keane, the British political scientist and biographer of Thomas Paine, has called for a decentring of the institutions of the nation-state and the return to the more complex pattern typical of the late medieval and early modem periods when Europe was divided into 500 or so political units (Keane 1992:10). Two other commentators have recently advanced arguments of more direct relevance to the Australian scene. The French philosopher Paul Ricoeur observed that 'in modem republics, the origin of sovereignty is in the people, but now we recognise we have many peoples. And many people mean many centres of sovereignty ... ' (Ricoeur 1995:35).

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ISBN: 978-1-922144-75-1
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