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    Scheuerman, William E 2019. Constituent power and civil disobedience: Beyond the nation-state?. Journal of International Political Theory, Vol. 15, Issue. 1, p. 49.

    Sabl, Andrew 2018. Morality, Governance, and Social Institutions. p. 131.

    Thiele, Leslie Paul 2018. Post-sovereign power and leadership. Contemporary Political Theory,

    Pettit, Philip 2017. Democracy Before, In, and After Schumpeter. Critical Review, Vol. 29, Issue. 4, p. 492.

    Glencross, Andrew 2016. Why the UK Voted for Brexit. p. 61.

    Brett, Annabel 2016. The space of politics and the space of war in Hugo Grotius’s De iure belli ac pacis. Global Intellectual History, Vol. 1, Issue. 1, p. 33.


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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.


'Richard Tuck is justly known for innovative, deeply contextual scholarship that manages to revise our ordinary ways of looking at the history of political thought. His new book does not disappoint. Indeed, I warmly commend it. … offers the reader a commanding metaphor for rethinking how modern democracy was ‘invented'.’

Michael Mosher Source: The Review of Politics

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