We shall now study the characteristics of Sovereignty.
What are they?
The chief characteristic of sovereignty is
permanence. Sovereignty lasts as long as the state lasts. The death of the king
or the overthrow of the government does not affect sovereignty. Hence, the
people of England say ‘King is dead, Long live the king’.
Exclusiveness here implies that there cannot be two
sovereign in one independent state and if it exists the unity of the state will
Every individual and every association of the
individual is subject to the sovereignty of the state. However rich or powerful
association or group may be, it cannot resist or disobey the sovereign
Sovereignty is the life and soul of the state and
it cannot be alienated without destroying the state itself.
The spirit of sovereignty lies in its unity.
Sovereignty is not bound by time and lasts until the state lasts.
Indivisibility is the life line of sovereignty.
Sovereignty is unconditional and unlimited.
Sovereignty is beyond obedience and it is entitled to do whatever it likes.
wields power by virtue of its own right and not by anybody’s mercy.