Tuesday, January 29, 2013
POLS 110- Week 4, Lecture 2
The Reality of Sovereignty
Not all claims to sovereignty are respected
Imperial-era concessions in China
US Trading with the Enemy Act (ex/ Cuba vs. America) The
pajama dilemma in Walmart’s of Canada and the United States
Canada’s Bill C27, 1997 if you are a Canadian citizen, the
authority of the Canadian government extends to where you
are in the world. If you commit acts on someone else’s territory,
in particular, by violating 8 or 9 sections of the criminal code
(sex with minors) you have committed a crime in Canada
Supreme political authority in a given territory is indeed divisible
The question is: how?
By governmental function?
o War and defense
o Foreign relations
o Domestic security
o Social Welfare
o Arts and culture
Can Sovereignty be divided?
The impossibility of dividing by governmental function
o A series of “authorities” (a Government of Education, a Government of
Health, etc.) operating in the same territory would be impos