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The Responsibility of the State

N. W. Barber

in The Constitutional State

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199585014
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595318 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585014.003.0008

Series: Oxford Constitutional Theory

The Responsibility of the State

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This chapter reflects on the scope and the continuity of the responsibility of the state. It considers the ways in which states are connected to situations in the world and the significance these connections have for their members. It looks at the ways in which this responsibility can continue, in some form, despite radical changes or breaks in the identity of the state. In undertaking this enquiry some light is shed on one of the hardest questions of constitutional theory, a question even Aristotle dodged: the determination of the point at which one state ends and a new state begins.

Keywords: state responsibility; continuity; inheritance; Aristotle; constitutional theory

Chapter.  11305 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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