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The Sovereignty Deficit of Modern Constitutions

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The aim of this essay is to examine the place of the people in the constitutions of democratic nations. While the meaning of democracy and the degree to which it is achieved vary within the family of nations considered democratic, the idea common to all is that the people are self-governing. In its origins, the idea is tied to liberty: not to be self-governing is to be subject to the will of another and so not to be free. What constitutes self-government is open to interpretation, although th...

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10.1093/ojls/gqt025

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Journal:
OXFORD JOURNAL OF LEGAL STUDIES
Volume:
33
Issue:
4
Pages:
703-732
Publication date:
2013-01-01
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EISSN:
1464-3820
ISSN:
0143-6503
URN:
uuid:3c5bf520-f3f7-41c3-87d0-90efebd4c41a
Source identifiers:
444544
Local pid:
pubs:444544
Language:
English
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