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The Relationship between Constituent Power And National Sovereignty. Some Theoretical Considerations

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  • Andreea Ana-Maria Alexe

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Constituent power is the base of modern democracy, for two main reasons, a historical and analytical one. First, the birth of the modern doctrine of popular sovereignty coincides with the conceptual advent of constituent power. From a historical point of view then, constituent power and modern democracy are intrinsically associated from their beginnings in the idiom of popular sovereignty. Secondly, there is a profound systematic and conceptual analogy between constituent power and democracy, insofar as they both describe collective acts of self-legislation and public events of self-alteration. From this elective affinity, democratic constituent politics evokes the principle of liberty as political autonomy, whereby the members of a collectivity deliberately constitute the political forms of authority in order to organize and institutionalize their common life. The addressees of the law become its authors. Hence, formulating popular sovereignty as constituent power is to affirm the basic democratic value of selfgovernment.

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  • Andreea Ana-Maria Alexe, 2015. "The Relationship between Constituent Power And National Sovereignty. Some Theoretical Considerations," Knowledge Horizons - Economics, Faculty of Finance, Banking and Accountancy Bucharest,"Dimitrie Cantemir" Christian University Bucharest, vol. 7(1), pages 28-32, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:khe:journl:v:7:y:2015:i:1:p:28-32
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    Constituent power; popular sovereignty; modern democracy; self-legislation; basic democratic value of selfgovernment; the people;

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    • M31 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Marketing and Advertising - - - Marketing
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