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The third question relates to Weber’s conceptualization of time and historical change. Weber aims to show “how state sovereignty has been fixated historically” and the analysis very powerfully demonstrates historical differences in fixations of sovereignty across the five cases of interventions. But we do not see how these changes come about. Each historical epoch appears to serve as an example of radically different conceptualizations of sovereignty. Yet, there is no historical account for the conditions of possibilities for this change or for how the transition between each epoch/discourse takes place.

Yet, who the people are, could only be answered by invoking a community of judgement (Weber 1995: 92). With respect to the Reagan administration’s intervention in Grenada, it was the regional Organisation of East Caribbean States (OECS) which was inscribed as the proper community of judgement. Since this community had requested military assistance from the United States and since this community included the people of Grenada, justifications could once again argue that this did not constitute an intervention.

What are the main insights of the analysis? And what do the questions asked inhibit each study from analysing? Moving from Walker to Bartelson and finally to Weber it will be argued that sovereignty is “progressively” opened up, but that none of the three authors combines an analysis which takes account of contingency of state sovereignty in time as well as space. Walker and Bartelson – deconstructing a discipline, deconstructing its core concepts Through a reading of International Relations texts, especially the modern AngloAmerican theories associated with realism, Walker sets out to investigate those assumptions, concepts and principles that the discipline is predicated on, notably the concept of state sovereignty.

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