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The Locus of Sovereign Authority in Nepal

Malagodi, M. (2015). The Locus of Sovereign Authority in Nepal. In: Tushnet, M. & Khosla, M. (Eds.), Unstable Constitutionalism: Law and Politics in South Asia. (pp. 45-85). New York, USA: Cambridge University Press.


The present paper investigates in a historical perspective the articulation of the concept of internal state sovereignty in modern Nepal’s constitutional domain by juxtaposing an analysis of the country’s various constitutional forms with a reading of the physical architectural structures hosting the main central state institutions (the capitol) in Kathmandu. The emphasis on the internal notion of state sovereignty with a focus on the formation of the modern nation-state seeks to illuminate the tensions underlying the transformation of the relationship between the state and the people in Nepal and the repeated failure to respond adequately to democratic aspirations and demands for inclusion.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Copyright Cambridge University Press, 2015. Reprinted with permission.
Subjects: K Law > KZ Law of Nations
Departments: The City Law School > Academic Programmes
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