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Cesty k suverenitě lidu: nástin genealogie jednoho konceptu

Title in English The Path to Popular Sovereignty: A Genealogy of a Concept


Year of publication 2013
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Časopis pro právní vědu a praxi
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Field Law sciences
Keywords abbé Sieyes; constitutionalism; representation; sovereignty; Thomas Hobbes.
Description To properly understand the basic concepts of contemporary constitutional democracies, it is necessary to study them from both the genealogical and architectonic perspectives. This article is the second piece of a larger intellectual project focusing on the concept of sovereignty. It deals with the historical and conceptual development from the legislative conception of sovereignty to the concept of sovereignty of the people, which is the matrix of current debates about this cornerstone of modern legal and political systems. In its first part, the article specifically explores the idea of representation as it was coined by the English philosopher Thomas Hobbes. In its second part, the process of the invention of modern constitutionalism is thoroughly analyzed. The article approaches its climax in the analysis of the work of the French constitutionalist abbé Sieyes, who was the first big theorist of the concept of constituent power.

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