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The Sovereign Awakened

A Radical Democratic View on Protest

Oliver Marchart

this image of political insomnia is more than a topos of revolutionary romanticism. Behind the image lies a postulate of democratic theory, indeed a concept of popular sovereignty: the sovereign people do not sleep. Only as an awakened and awake people

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'(I've Never Met) a Nice South African'

Virtuous Citizenship and Popular Sovereignty

Lawrence Hamilton

What is virtuous citizenship? Is it possible to be a virtuous citizen whatever the form of one's state? Is it possible to be a virtuous citizen in the new South Africa? In this article I defend some Republican ideas on civic virtue and popular sovereignty, especially as found in the writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, to suggest that popular sovereignty is a necessary condition for active and virtuous citizenship. For it is only under conditions of popular sovereignty that the right kind of political agency is possible. I discuss these ideas in the context of modern constitutional democracies, and argue that constitutional democracy in South Africa is not an instance of popular sovereignty and thus does not provide the possibility for virtuous citizenship. I end the article with a proposal for addressing these deficiencies: effective citizen control over the constitution by means of a decennial plebiscite—a carnival of citizenship.

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The Sanctification and Democratisation of "the Nation" and "the People" in Late Eighteenth-Century Northwestern Europe

Proposing a Comparative Conceptual History

Pasi Ihalainen

This paper suggests that the study of the modernisation of European political cultures in the eighteenth century would greatly benefit from a comparative conceptual historical approach. is approach would effect the reconstruction of a variety of meanings attached to chosen political concepts in different national contexts through the side-by-side analysis of primary sources originating from each case according to the methodology of both historical semantics and pragmatics. A promising research topic is the continuity and change in the conceptualisation of national community, national identity, popular sovereignty and democracy in various European political cultures. e conceptual analyses of late eighteenth-century political sermons from five northwestern European countries, conducted by the author, for example, reveal that conceptual changes related to the rise of nationalism took place even within public religion, allowing it to adapt itself to the age of nationalism. Further analysis of the secular debates taking place in representative bodies and public discourse in late eighteenth-century Britain, the Dutch Republic and Sweden elucidates the gradual development of the notion that all political power is ultimately derived from the people and that such a system constituted a "democracy" in a positive sense within different parliamentary traditions and perhaps even before the French Revolution.

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“One Would at Least Like to Be Asked”

Habermas on Popular Sovereignty, Self-Determination, and German Unification

Peter J. Verovšek

statutes and defended through the power of judicial review. 52 Finally, the third, which built on the writings of Hermann Heller and Wolfgang Abendroth, emphasized popular sovereignty expressed through the will-formation of a democratically elected

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Conjuring “the people”

The 2013 Babylution protests and desire for political transformation in postwar Bosnia-Herzegovina

Larisa Kurtović

subject with constituent power. A recent resurgence of scholarly interest in populism and popular sovereignty (e.g., Kalyvas 2005 ; Laclau 2005 ; Negri [1999] 2009 ; see also Graeber 2009 ) has helped liberate “the people” from their association with

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Neither Shadow nor Spectre

Populism as the Ideological Embodiment of the Democratic Paradox

Anthony Lawrence Borja

the populist leader is the democratic paradox as a set of fundamental questions on the nature of popular identity and the realisation of popular sovereignty. These questions, however, are essentially irresolvable, unless they are abandoned along with

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Creating the People as ‘One’?

On Democracy and Its Other

Marta Nunes da Costa

this paradox brought the theoretical and practical challenge of reinventing sovereignty: in order for popular sovereignty to become real, it had to be divided. In the second section, I argue that although the discourse of a divided sovereignty (which

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Subjects of Aspirations

Populist Governance in Post-revolutionary Nicaragua

Luciana Chamorro

ideals of popular sovereignty and the practices of liberal governmentality that ‘seem to be erupting once more’ (2020: 69). In response, populist leaders and movements promise to deliver justice, reinvigorating an affect-intensive form of political

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On Two Anti-Democratic Uses of Sortition

Filimon Peonidis

, but supposedly epistemically competent, electoral body selected by lot. In my criticisms I draw significantly on a comprehensive normative model of democracy— democracy as popular sovereignty (DPS)—I have defended elsewhere, the basic tenet of which

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Chatterjee, Partha. 2020. I am the people. Reflections on popular sovereignty today. New York: Columbia University Press. 185 pp. Pb: US$25.00. ISBN: 9780231195492.

Mikel Aramburu