International Boundaries

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    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
    Number of pages2
    VolumeEighth Volume
    ISBN (Print)9781405191296
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2014


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