Over at Catholic World Report, revisiting some thoughts about sovereignty, including the influence of Joseph de Maistre who was first discussed in this interview, I look at how the notion is being used and abused today in the Catholic Church.
A good deal has been written about the concept. Perhaps the best place, for those wanting a theologically informed treatment that nonetheless ranges widely over relevant political and philosophical history, is Sovereignty: God, State, and Self by Jean Bethke Elshtain.
See also the more recent collection, Sovereignty in Fragments: The Past, Present and Future of a Contested Concept.
For books on Maistre, follow the link above to the interview I did with two of the leading Maistre scholars today.