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popular sovereignty

n
(Historical Terms) (in the pre-Civil War US) the doctrine that the inhabitants of a territory should be free from federal interference in determining their own domestic policy, esp in deciding whether or not to allow slavery

popular sovereignty

1. the doctrine that sovereign power is vested in the people and that those chosen by election to govern or to represent must conform to the will of the people.
2. U.S. History. a doctrine, held chiefly before 1865 by antiabolitionists, that new territories should be free of federal interference in domestic matters, especially concerning slavery.
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We managed to revive the history of popular sovereignty that had been initiated by the March 1 Independence Movement," he said.
It is argued that popular sovereignty becomes real and visible in federalism.
Article 1 of the constitution states that sovereignty of the people or popular sovereignty is the principle that the authority of the government is created and sustained by the consent of the people through their elected representatives who are the source of all political power.
Both originalism and living constitutionalism ultimately fail to reconcile constitutional authority with popular sovereignty, owing to the way in which the Constitution both emerged from the tradition of democratic sovereignty and betrayed it.
Cities are the centers of innovation and progress; empowering them could be the key to reconciling popular sovereignty and globalization.
The real solution to alignment involves replacing national sovereignty over communications with a transnational popular sovereignty.
Contemporaries considered the return of the Bourbons to the French throne in 1814 a restoration not so much of that particular dynasty, says Sellin, but of the principle of divine right monarchy and a repudiation of the principle of popular sovereignty that had been the foundation of every regime since the 1789 revolution.
Populism can in this sense be understood as an ideology that centres on the demand for popular sovereignty in conditions in which this principle, formally inscribed in all republican constitutions, appears in danger.
Perhaps it is no surprise that a political theorist of national sovereignty like Rabkin would question the coherence of the concept of individual popular sovereignty that I advance in the book.
Campanilla and the more than 500 members of LEAP have argued that if true popular sovereignty is present in our country then it is but proper to place the ultimate authority of electing its highest official in the hands of its citizen in consonance to that universally accepted precept SALUS POPULI EST SUPREMA LEX (The Will of the People is the Supreme Law).
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The referendum was implicitly recognized both by the SCC and by the UK government as a legitimate conduit for the expression of popular sovereignty of sub-state peoples.