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Subsidiary Sovereignty And The Constitution Of Political Space In Zambia

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Evidence of Zambia's deeply rooted subsidiarity is extensive. For starters, her constitutional order, and indeed a sizable chunk of her extant legislation, is not of the nation's own making but a colonial legacy. The inability of state theory to problematize subsidiary sovereignty as an analytical notion is evidenced by the generous use, of late, of the residual category of 'failed' or 'collapsed' states in African political analysis; 'failed' states are effectively excluded from the domain of established theory by relegating them below the normative threshold of genuine stateness. In general terms, one might hypothesize that the structural tension within subsidiary sovereignty is heightened under conditions of political pluralism. It is in the very nature of subsidiary sovereignty, no doubt, that the suzerain must, from time to time, invest in the sovereignty of the client state.

Keywords: political pluralism; subsidiary sovereignty; Zambian subsidiarity



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