The People

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Polity, 2005. 9. 16. - 161페이지
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This groundbreaking study sets out to clarify one of the most influential but least studied of all political concepts. Despite continual talk of popular sovereignty, the idea of the people has been neglected by political theorists who have been deterred by its vagueness. Margaret Canovan argues that it deserves serious analysis, and that it's many ambiguities point to unresolved political issues.





The book begins by charting the conflicting meanings of the people, especially in Anglo-American usage, and traces the concept's development from the ancient populus Romanus to the present day.





The book's main purpose is, however, to analyse the political issues signalled by the people's ambiguities. In the remaining chapters, Margaret Canovan considers their theoretical and practical aspects:





* Where are the people's boundaries? Is people equivalent to nation, and how is it related to humanity - people in general?

* Populists aim to 'give power back to the people'; how is populism related to democracy?

* How can the sovereign people be an immortal collective body, but at the same time be us as individuals? Can we ever see that sovereign people in action?

* Political myths surround the figure of the people and help to explain its influence; should the people itself be regarded as fictional?






This original and accessible study sheds a fresh light on debates about popular sovereignty, and will be an important resource for students and scholars of political theory.
  

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Introduction
1
Identifying the People
3
The Sovereign People in Action and in Myth
6
The People and its Past
10
The People in Action
11
From Shadow to Substance
16
The English People in Rebellion
20
The American Revolution and its Significance
26
Populism in Contemporary Liberal Democracies
74
Identifying Populism
78
Populism Democracy and the People
83
We the Sovereign People
91
Can Popular Sovereignty be Understood?
94
Can Popular Sovereignty be Exercised?
105
Myths of the Sovereign People
122
Myths of the People
124

Popular Sovereignty and Parliamentary Reform in Nineteenthcentury Britain
33
Popular Government and the People
37
Ourselves and Others People Nation and Humanity
40
People and Nation
41
Peoplebuilding
48
Peoples and People
57
Part and Whole People Populism and Democracy
65
The Common People
68
The People as a Fiction
130
The People as Myth and Political Reality
132
Conclusion
139
Notes
142
References
146
Index
159
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Margaret Canovan is Emeritus Professor of Political Thought at the University of Keele.

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