What Is the Definition of Political Sovereignty?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 17, 2020 11:39:07 AM ET

Political sovereignty refers to the highest level of absolute power through which independent states are controlled by a designated political authority. Political sovereignty is sometimes called supreme will, and includes control of a specific state granted through a constitution or other enabling law, and carried out through an established government.

Governments are appointed to maintain the integrity of the political sovereignty enjoyed by independent states through a structured administrative body. Political sovereignty generally gives states certain rights, including a degree of political independence from a central government. States also have the right to regulate internal affairs without foreign control, and can create and enforce laws as well.