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Leviathan on a Leash: A Theory of State Responsibility

Sean Fleming


States are commonly blamed for wars, called on to apologize, held liable for debts and reparations, bound by treaties, and punished with sanctions. But what does it mean to hold a state responsible as opposed to a government, a nation, or an individual leader? Under what circumstances should we assign responsibility to states rather than individuals? This book demystifies the phenomenon of state responsibility and explains why it is a challenging yet indispensable part of modern politics. Taking Thomas Hobbes' theory of the state as a starting point, the book presents a theory of state respons ... More

Keywords: collective responsibility, modern politics, state responsibility, sovereign debt, historical reparations, treaty obligations, economic sanctions, political thought, Thomas Hobbes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691206462
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691206462.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sean Fleming, author
University of Cambridge