Month: February 2013


Sovereignty Defined

Despite frequent predictions of its demise, and criticisms of inherent inadequacies, sovereignty remains a fundamental feature of statehood and the preeminent organisational mechanism of the modern international system. Recent decades have seen a slew of national independence movements and former colonies striving for sovereign statehood, with almost two hundred sovereign states spanning the globe today. …


Poverty Traps in Australia

Poverty traps are situations where an impoverished individual finds it difficult to escape poverty due to factors outside of their control. The discussion of this phenomenon is usually focussed on the entrenched poverty in developing countries. One would not think Australia, a prosperous and developed country, could have issues that entrench poverty and prevent people …