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Sovereignty/Political Theory/Waltz: Sovereignty of states does not mean that every state can act as it pleases, but rather the freedom itself to decide how to regulate internal and external challenges (1) e.g. whether it cooperates with other states or not. This concept of sovereignty is the key to understanding the equal treatment of all states in neo-realist theory or their subsumption under the term "units". Regardless of major differences in economic power, population or territorial size, all states fulfil the same functions: to create internal and external security. All states are equal in that they want to maintain or strive for the freedom of social self-development (2).
1. Kenneth N. Waltz Theory of International Politics, Reading, Mas.1979, p. 79.
2.Richard Löwenthal, „Freiheit der Eigenentwicklung“, in: Außenpolitische Perspektiven des westdeutschen Staates, Band 1: München 1971, p. 11.
Carlo Masala, „Kenneth N. Waltz, Theory of International Politics” in: Manfred Brocker (Hg.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018_____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Kenneth N. Waltz
Man,the State and War New York 1959
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018