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Beyond the People: Social Imaginary and Constituent Imagination

Zoran Oklopcic


Who is ‘the people’? How does it exercise its power? When is the people entitled to exercise its rights? From where does that people derive its authority? What is the meaning of its self-government in a democratic constitutional order? For the most part, scholars approach these questions from their disciplinary perspectives, with the help of canonical texts, and in the context of ongoing theoretical debates. Beyond the People is a systematic and comprehensive, yet less disciplinarily disciplined study that confronts the same questions, texts, and debates in a new way. Its point of departure is ... More

Keywords: the people, constituent imagination, sovereignty, constituent power, self-determination, anticipatory consciousness, foundational authority, propositions of peoplehood, social imaginary

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198799092
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198799092.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Zoran Oklopcic, author
Associate Professor, Department of Law and Legal Studies, Carleton University