Reconfiguring the contours of statehood and the rights of the peoples of disappearing states

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dc.contributor.author Skillington, Tracey
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-15T16:54:43Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-15T16:54:43Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation Skillington, Tracey (2016) 'Reconfiguring the contours of statehood and the rights of the peoples of disappearing states'. Social Sciences, 5 (3):46. doi:10.3390/socsci5030046 en
dc.identifier.volume 5 en
dc.identifier.issued 3 en
dc.identifier.startpage 46-1 en
dc.identifier.endpage 46-13 en
dc.identifier.issn 2076-0760
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/3089
dc.identifier.doi 10.3390/socsci5030046
dc.description.abstract Many of the elements that have traditionally supported state level normative self-organization, most notably territory, are being actively undermined by rising sea levels, flooding, desertification, amongst other climate change effects. As more and more states come to be redefined as â disappearingâ , that is, states losing their territories to the natural environment through no specific fault of their own, a question arises as to how displaced communities will be assisted in their desire (and right) to continue to practice principles of self-determination and self-government? What is clear is that the international community can no longer continue with the fiction of a unified or unchanging model of the liberal democratic state. Instead, alternative ontological models of sovereign community are required, as is a re-imagining of how statehood might be re-constituted in the future in response to deepening ecological problems. The international community must now begin to address the immanent nature of threats posed to disappearing states and consider how a model of statehood that does not privilege territory as a fixed component of state identity could be operationalized. This paper considers how a democratic reform of statehood might proceed and resettlement agreements for displaced communities determined. The transition to an era of peaceful sovereign relations under deteriorating global climate conditions and growing natural resource scarcity, it argues, will require a significant extension of established traditions of democratic compromise, human rights solidarity and cosmopolitan justice. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher MDPI en
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dc.rights © 2016 by the author; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ en
dc.subject Climate change en
dc.subject Disappearing states en
dc.subject Self-determination en
dc.subject Territory en
dc.subject Transnational deliberation en
dc.subject Cosmopolitan belonging en
dc.subject Global justice en
dc.title Reconfiguring the contours of statehood and the rights of the peoples of disappearing states en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Tracey Skillington, Sociology, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: t.skillington@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2016-09-15T16:52:00Z
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Social Sciences en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress t.skillington@ucc.ie en


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