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Political Asylum and the Multi-Level, Plural Forms of Sovereignty in Europe

Hakan G Sicakkan

No 7, EUROSPHERE Working Paper Series (EWP) from Eurospheres project

Abstract: By focusing on how states have to share their sovereignty with other agents in asylum issues, this paper aims to show the relevance of the state–foreign individual relations for sovereignty. After a brief theortetical discussion, the paper maps out the different forms of sovereignty-sharing in asylum issues in Europe. The results of this analysis strengthen the hypothesis that individual asylum seeking has led the states to accept sovereignty-sharing with both domestic and foreign actors to an extent which we do not observe with regard to other global issues. The resultant sovereignty-sharing forms pertain specifically to decision-making on asylum cases, which should also have consequences for our understanding of sovereignty.

Keywords: diversity/homogeneity; polity building; sovereignty; asylum policy; political science (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008-02-01
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