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The Sleeping Sovereign

The Invention of Modern Democracy

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Richard Tuck traces the history of the distinction between sovereignty and government and its relevance to the development of democratic thought. Tuck shows that this was a central issue in the political debates of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and provides a new interpretation of the political thought of Bodin, Hobbes and Rousseau. Integrating legal theory and the history of political thought, he also provides one of the first modern histories of the constitutional referendum, and shows the importance of the United States in the history of the referendum. The book derives from the John Robert Seeley Lectures delivered by Richard Tuck at the University of Cambridge in 2012, and will appeal to students and scholars of the history of ideas, political theory and political philosophy.

Product code: 9781107570580

ISBN 9781107570580
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H217xW140xS17
No. Of Pages 310
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Series The Seeley Lectures
An exploration of the important distinction in political theory between a 'sovereign' and a 'government' state, from its first appearance in Bodin's writings in the late sixteenth century, through its seventeenth-century treatment by Grotius, Hobbes and Pufendorf, to the eighteenth-century response, and the presentation of 'government' in the American Constitution.