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What is popular sovereignty?

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2015-07-16 08:15:55

Popular sovereignty indicates that the mandate of the people

created government, and that political power comes from the people.

However, in practice, political leaders abuse their power because

they consider themselves sovereigns, instead of public



It is the basic principle of the American system of government;

that the people are the only source of any and all American

governmental power, that government must be conducted with the

consent of the governed.


Popular sovereignty is the belief that the state is created by

the mandate of its people, who are the source of all political

power. It is closely associated to the social contract

philosophers, among whom are Thomas Hobbes, John Locke and

Jean-Jacques Rousseau. The notion that power lies with the


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