Protecting the people: the rhetoric of sovereignty in times of populist migration policies

The term sovereignism was studied within the context of researches on populism for long time. There is some truth in this intuition: sovereignism is always justified with the invocation of the will of the people or better the prioritization of the will of the people over any other moral concern. Such a neologism echoes those theories conceiving sovereignty as: a) a necessary feature of the idea of state and b) unavailable to state authorities. Unavailability refers here to the fact that state powers cannot decide voluntarily to renounce exercise sovereignty without endangering the very existence of the state. Thus, according to sovereignism claims, state powers have no other choice than protecting sovereignty.
Against this backdrop, the paper argues that sovereignist claims express a pre-constitutional idea of sovereignty – one that disregards the fact that constitutional states conceive sovereignty as a power exercised in constant dialogue with the international community.