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Table of Contents
                            1. Introduction
	1.1. The dissertation’s structure
2. Theoretical framework
	2.1 Method and design
	2.2 International relations
3. Sovereignty
	3.1 Origin of sovereignty
	3.2 Westphalia sovereignty as modernity
	3.3 Popular sovereignty
	3.4 Negative and positive conception of sovereignty
	3.5 Post-modern sovereignty
4. Globalization
	4.1 Globalization defined
	4.2 Globalization and the sovereign state
5. Transformation
	5.1 The concept
	5.2 Transformation and the nation state
	5.3 Transformation of sovereignty
6. Icelandic sovereignty: a history of transformation
	6.1 Historical background
	6.2 An era of passive transformation
	6.3 An era of aggressive transformation
	6.4 Has Iceland lost its sovereignty?
7. Critical discussion
8. Conclusion
9. Bibliography
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reality facing the sovereign state and the sovereign state system. A reality that is changing so

fast, that even fundamental concept such as place and space are being altered. In a time of

such transformation of conceptual reality no concept or an idea can escape a revision or

reappraisal. As has been made clear in the dissertation, sovereignty is a concept that is prone

to development, change or even a transformation. Sovereignty is not a constant as one could

think when listening to a politician describing the importance of protecting the sovereignty of

his state. His concern should though not be taken lightly. It is well understandable why

politicians, and others as well, should worry about the current trend and what it entails.

Sovereignty is a complex of many different things as has been made clear by Krasner

and his analysis of the concept (see chapter 3.2.), but the state is also a complex where

sovereignty is only one pillar among other pillars holding up the state structure. It is a

common mistake to mix these two things together and to talk about state and sovereignty as is

if they were the same thing, which they are not as, has been made clear above. At the same

time, sovereignty and the state are forever connected and one can hardly tell them apart in the

everyday use of these concepts. The effect of globalization is that both of these concepts are

under pressure from the forces of globalization or fragmegration, to use Rosenau’s concept.

Both concepts are being redefined, e.g. by an IGO, such as the UN, to fit that polycentric

system of complex interdependence. It has been made clear that one cannot analyse

sovereignty, at the turn of the 21st century, without taking notice of globalization.

The next chapter will focus on the nation state and the concept of transformation.

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