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Political Studies
POLS 110
Jonathan W Rose

Sovereignty and Federalism The Theory of Sovereignty  Supreme political authority in a given territory is indivisible The Reality of Sovereignty  Not all claims to sovereignty are respected o Extraterritoriality  Imperial-era concessions in China  US trading with the Enemy Act  Designed to prevent American citizens from dealing with the enemies of the USA anywhere in the world, even if they are on the land of another sovereign  There is an act in Canada that does not allow you to obey any other sovereignty while you are in Canada  Canada’s Bill C27, 2997  Made it an offence to engage in certain acts and behaviours even if they are not on Canadian soil  Supreme political authority in a given territory is indeed indivisible o But how is it divided  By government function?  War and defence  Foreign relations  Domestic security  Justice  Taxation  Finance etc. o The impossibility of dividing by governmental function  By Territory?  Why not just divide a country up into smaller geographic
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