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Teorije o postsuverenom stanju: Agambenova kritika suvereniteta
Post-sovereign State Theories: Agamben’s Critique of Sovereignty

Author(s): Bogdana Koljević
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Nova srpska politička misao
Keywords: decisionism sovereignty; popular sovereignty; state; law; power; violence; intellectual action; singularity; subjectivity;

Summary/Abstract: In this article the author analyzes the way in which the question of sovereignty poses a challenge to the present. It is about the difference between sovereignty, as a symbol of absolute power, and sovereignty as a symbol of political legitimacy. Proponents of the post-sovereign state theory often identify sovereignty with decisionist model of sovereignty, while ignoring the idea of popular sovereignty. The author argues that this practice of reduction lies in metaphysical interpretation of politics, and analyzes the post-modernist theory of Giorgio Agamben as a telling example of post-sovereignty discourse. The other part of the paper deals with the difference between Foucault’s and Agamben’s views of sovereignty and determines how, in terms of anarchism, Agamben’s critique is directed against the state and law per se. The author concludes that Agamben’s paradoxes of undefined concept of sovereignty (primarily between the state, violence and power) and internal contradictions cannot compete with a different tradition of thought about sovereignty or with challenges of the current political practice.

  • Issue Year: 15/2007
  • Issue No: 03+04
  • Page Range: 11-127
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Serbian