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Popular Sovereignty in Early Modern Constitutional Thought

Daniel Lee


Popular sovereignty—the doctrine that the public powers of the state originate in a concessive grant of power from ‘the people’—is perhaps the cardinal doctrine of modern constitutional theory. Its classic formulation is to be found in the major theoretical treatments of the modern state, such as in the treatises of Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau, and it functions as a model in the design of modern constitutions, by locating the source of such public power in a putative ‘We the People’ anterior to public institutions. This book explores the intellectual origins of this constitutional doctrine in ... More

Keywords: popular sovereignty, Roman law, people, lex regia, imperium, iurisdictio, dominium, delegation, Jean Bodin, Monarchomach

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198745167
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198745167.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Lee, author
Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley