Running head: POPULAR SOVEREIGNTYPopular Sovereignty Name:Institution:Course:Date:
POPULAR SOVEREIGNTY 2IntroductionPopular sovereignty is the concept making a component of the seven principles that theauthority of a state and their government is generated and sustained by the consent of the people,through the elected representatives who are the source of all political power(Agnew, 2005). Itacts as a presentation of a concept and does not entirely describe the real world political reality.In this concept, the people are supposed to have the final say when it comes to makinggovernment decisions. When the Americans formed their revolutionary government at thedeclaration, it was by popular sovereignty. However, in the 1850s when the concept wasintroduced, it was used to describe a significantly controversial approach to slavery within theterritories. In this context, it meant that the local's residents of territory were the ones entitled tomake the decision whether slavery should be accepted or not. The earlier concepts of popularsovereignty can be traced to a philosopher called Francisco Suarez and later became the basis ofindependence in Latin America(Kalyvas, 2005). Popular sovereignty has shaped many politicalrevolutions around the world and today can be witnessed in the democratic systems ofgovernment where people vote for their representatives in the government. Irrespective of theintentions of the development of this concept it has most shaped the concept of governance.