The Sovereignty Game

Neo-Colonialism and the Westphalian System

  • Will Hickey

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This book explores the change and continuity in the idea of the nation state. Since the Westphalian treaties and the political thought of Thomas Hobbes, the nation state has been the denominator of all geopolitics. In an era of populism, economic globalization, digitalization, and the Chinese party-state, scholars of sovereignty have been struggling to understand whether the nation-state remains relevant as a necessary heuristic. This book will be of interest to scholars, policymakers, investors, and citizens navigating a fast-changing world.

Will Hickey, Professor of HRD and Energy Financial Management, has worked internationally researching and teaching on topics related to human resources, project financing, & energy policy in the areas of localization, local content development, local sourcing, PPP’s, benchmarking of process systems, energy policy, core competency review, fuel subsidies, green energy, human resource audits/ planning and project management for Oil and gas, Mining (coal and ores), and Nuclear and Renewable power. He is the author of the current definitive book Energy and HRD in Developing Countries: Towards Effective Localization (2017).


Hegemony Sovereignty Nation States Great Power Conflicts Globalization

Authors and affiliations

  • Will Hickey
    • 1
  1. 1.Former two-time US Fulbright Professor, 2003 & 2009Professor of Management, GDUFSCantonChina

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-981-15-1887-4
  • Online ISBN 978-981-15-1888-1
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