Keyword: state

The Distinction Between State and Government

Edward Heath Robinson The Geography Compass 2013 7(8): pp. 556-566 Link to Full Text The terms “state” and “government” are often used interchangeably in political discourse, but they can also refer to very different entities. In political geography, a distinction between the two is often not made, or made weakly. Thus, this article reviews how […]

Reexamining Fiat, Bona Fide and Force Dynamic Boundaries for Geopolitical Entities and their Placement in DOLCE

Edward Heath Robinson Applied Ontology 2012 7: pp. 93–108 Link to Full Text The purpose of this article is to reexamine the ontology of geopolitical boundaries so that they can be better represented in ontologies designed for the semantic web. Previous work on this subject has divided geopolitical boundaries into fiat, bona fide, and force […]

An Ontological Analysis of States: Organizations vs. Legal Persons

Edward Heath Robinson Applied Ontology 2010 5: pp. 109–125 Link to Full Text The purpose of this paper is to argue states are not organizations, but rather the objective legal persons of international law. The ontological similarities and differences between states and organizations are examined, but, by drawing upon literature in political geography and international law, ultimately shows […]