Popular Sovereignty Project


Popular sovereignty is a key normative concept in modern political discourse, underpinning our ideas of legitimacy and democracy, and contributing to the way we conceptualise international order. There currently exists no comprehensive study dedicated to charting the emergence and transformation of this fundamental part of our political heritage. Our aim is therefore to trace for the first time the complex and controversial career of popular sovereignty across ancient and modern history.

Scope and application



Popular Sovereignty in Historical Perspective

The book resulting from the project, titled Popular Sovereignty in Historical Perspective, was launched at QMUL on the 2nd of June 2016 and is now available for purchase from Cambridge University Press.

Invitation - Popular Sovereignty