Sovereignty in Post‐Sovereign Society. A Systems Theory of European Constitutionalism. By Jiří Přibáň. London: Routledge, 2015. 262 pp. £34.99 paperback.

Published date01 March 2017
Date01 March 2017
framework for understanding the emergence of the BLM social
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Sovereignty in Post-Sovereign Society. A Systems Theory of European
n. London: Routledge, 2015. 262
pp. £34.99 paperback.
Reviewed by Daniela Piana, University of Bologna
Authors who engage in theoretical puzzles are always welcomed by
scientific communities. Authors who engage in solving puzzles by
addressing compelling paradoxes of our daily life are even more
welcome. This is the case of Ji
n’s book. Following upon a
long-standing experience of research, in constitutionalism and sys-
temic theories, P
n’s work points directly to the heart of one of
the modern trinity’s pillars: sovereignty.
These are times of crisis for the traditional concept of sovereign-
ty: sovereign States seem to prove, more than ever, the limits of
their capacities to hold under stringent control the territories they
were expected to govern and testify to the sunset of the golden age
of national States as absolute protagonists of the international politi-
cal stage. Whereas the common sense according to which sovereign-
ty entered into a crisis is not in contention, much less has been done
to understand how and to what extent concepts that we still adopt
with both descriptive and prescriptive intentions, such as sovereign-
ty, coexist with the transformative social and political processes that
unfold in all institutional systems that have been the backbone of
sovereign states, whereby the legal system plays a key role. P
book takes very seriously this coexistence and analyzes the condi-
tions under which we still can and should speak of sovereignty in
times of post sovereign societies.
The volume is structured in three parts. It starts with a diagno-
sis of sovereignty’s malaise, assessed from the point of view of the
European integration experience. In the European Union, as
n’s research insightfully points to, the combination of legal
pluralism, national legal traditions, transnational values, and princi-
ples embedded in national and subnational institutional practices
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