Nations, States, and Territory*

  title={Nations, States, and Territory*},
  author={Anna Stilz},
  pages={572 - 601}
  • A. Stilz
  • Published 1 April 2011
  • Sociology, Law
  • Ethics
Nationalists hold that the state derives its territorial rights from the prior claim of a cultural nation to territory. This article develops an alternative account: the legitimate state theory. This view holds that a state has rights to territory if it meets the following four conditions: (a) it effectively implements a system of law regulating property in that territory; (b) its subjects have a legitimate claim to occupy the territory; (c) the state’s system of law “rules in the name of the… 

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