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  1. “Popular Sovereignty That I Deny”: Benjamin Constant on Public Opinion, Political Legitimacy and Constitution Making.Arthur Ghins - 2022 - Modern Intellectual History 19 (1):128-158.
    According to a dominant narrative, the concept of popular sovereignty was joined to the notion of public opinion during the French Revolution to form the blueprint of a liberal constitutional state. This article shows how, after the Revolution, Benjamin Constant, who is now recognized as a founding figure of “liberalism,” used public opinion as a substitute for popular sovereignty to theorize political legitimacy and constitution making. I show why and when Constant discussed popular sovereignty, namely to dismiss it as an (...)
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