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Breaking the ‘Westphalian’ frame: Regulatory state, fragmentation, and diplomacy

Jayasuriya, K. (2004) Breaking the ‘Westphalian’ frame: Regulatory state, fragmentation, and diplomacy. Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’, The Hague, Netherlands.

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The central contention of this paper is that the ?Westphalian? frame of sovereignty, which is at the core of both the practice and theory of diplomacy is being transformed by the process of globalisation. Globalisation, brings with it a new ensemble of governance institutions which shape and influence the architecture of domestic states; globalisation transforms the internal architecture of the state. In particular, we argue that this transformation is reflected in the emergence of the new regulatory state that decentres and fragments traditional centres of political authority. The paper explores the way this fragmentation leads not only to the breakdown of traditional diplomatic domains and activities but also to the creation of new actors, new arenas, and new fields of diplomatic activity ? all of which cuts across the traditional Westphalian notion of sovereignty. The paper concludes by noting that the movement of sovereignty towards new actors and arenas ? civil society, sub national actors, global networks, and independent agencies ? has disrupted the state monopoly over internal sovereignty so distinctive of the ?Westphalian? frame which provided the symbolic underlay of traditional diplomacy.

Publication Type: Working Paper
Series Name: Discussion Papers in Diplomacy
Publisher: Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’
Other Information: No. 90
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