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Running head: POPULAR SOVEREIGNTY Popular Sovereignty Name: Institution: Course: Date:
POPULAR SOVEREIGNTY 2 Introduction Popular sovereignty is the concept making a component of the seven principles that the authority 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) . It acts 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 making government decisions. When the Americans formed their revolutionary government at the declaration, it was by popular sovereignty. However, in the 1850s when the concept was introduced, it was used to describe a significantly controversial approach to slavery within the territories. In this context, it meant that the local's residents of territory were the ones entitled to make the decision whether slavery should be accepted or not. The earlier concepts of popular sovereignty can be traced to a philosopher called Francisco Suarez and later became the basis of independence in Latin America (Kalyvas, 2005) . Popular sovereignty has shaped many political revolutions around the world and today can be witnessed in the democratic systems of government where people vote for their representatives in the government. Irrespective of the intentions of the development of this concept it has most shaped the concept of governance.

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