The Problem of Sovereignty

  title={The Problem of Sovereignty},
  author={Baron S. A. Korff},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={404 - 414}
One of the most difficult problems of modern political science is that of sovereignty. The commonly accepted theory contains many elements that seem to be in obvious contradiction to our ideals of democracy; some of them do not fit into the present-day conception of state and government, while others are plain remnants of feudalism and autocracy. One should keep in mind, however, that it is not only a purely theoretical problem closely associated with the general idea of the state, but that it… 

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