The Monist 90 (1):65-85 (2007)

Daniel Kofman
University of Ottawa
Pogge, O'Neill, Elkins, and others propose the "dispersal" or "unbundling" of state sovereignty, allegedly to disincentivize war, to foster global and regional cooperation on environment, justice, and other issues of naturally supra-state concern, as well as to tailor some functions or jurisdictions to more local, regional, or differently shaped geographical areas. All these proposals are guilty of function-atomism, i.e. they ignore the massive benefits of clustering identically bounded functions or jurisdictions in a single territory. These benefits include the effective enforcement of law; the effective production of public goods and deterrence of free-riding; the coinciding of the tax base, law formation and enforcement and sustaining community of media, schools, universities, and other vital institutions; and the fostering of democratic community and participation in a significant political structure.
Keywords sovereignty, territory, territorial states, states, state functions, Pogge, O'Neill, territoriality, public good, divisibility, justice, community, democracy, anarchy, concentration of power
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DOI 10.5840/monist20079014
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