International Boundaries

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    Abstract

    International boundaries are a basic building block of the modern international state system. The international system dictates a clear spatial distinction between states. International boundaries are the agreed-upon delineation of the spatial allocation of one sovereign territory in relation to that of all others. From a formal perspective, the boundaries of a state delimit the area of applicability of a particular state's sovereignty and pose the only general limitation on the autonomy of sovereignties. Clear and defined boundaries are considered a precondition to the establishment of a state, and control over its boundaries is a sovereign prerogative, whereas an unauthorized breaching of state boundaries by other sovereign powers is considered a declaration of war.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Encyclopedia of Political Thought
    EditorsMichael T. Gibbons, Diana Coole, Elisabeth Ellis, Kennan Ferguson
    Place of PublicationNew York and Oxford
    PublisherWiley-Blackwell
    Pages1848–1849
    Number of pages2
    VolumeEighth Volume
    ISBN (Print)9781405191296
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2014

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