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Popular Sovereignty
  If the word "sovereignty" describes the highest political authority, including the power to make and remake a polity's fundamental laws, then the concept of popular sovereignty locates that power in the people. But who are the people and who gets to decide? Who determines the criteria of inclusion and exclusion of this entity, and how? What does it mean for the people to be sovereign, given that they are usually represented and ruled by governments? What are the promise and perils of this political arrangement? Readings will include selections from Plato, Hobbes, Rousseau, The Federalist Papers, Tocqueville, and some contemporary readings on public opinion and populism.
Harvard University-Rosovsky Hall
11/6/2019, 11/13/2019