Chapter

Popular Sovereignty

Richard S. Katz

in Democracy and Elections

Published in print December 1997 | ISBN: 9780195044294
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854752 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195044294.003.0003
Popular Sovereignty

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This chapter examines the concept of popular sovereignty and what exactly it means for the people to rule in relation to democracy and elections. One definition of popular sovereignty takes ruling as a physical act to be performed by the people themselves, rather than something that is delegated to a smaller political class. Alternatively, the people could be said to rule if policy is made and implemented so the “the will of the people” is carried into effect.

Keywords: popular sovereignty; political class; people; democracy; election

Chapter.  10677 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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