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Rousseau, Law and the Sovereignty of the People - Ethan Putterman

Rousseau, Law and the Sovereignty of the People

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Together with Plato's Republic, Jean-Jacques Rousseau's social Contract is regarded as one of the most original examples of utopian political engineering in the history of ideas. Similar to the Republic, Rousseau's masterwork is better known today for its author's idiosyncratic view of political justice than its lessons on lawmaking or governance in any concrete sense. Challenging this common view, Rousseau, Law and the Sovereignty of the People examines the Genevan's contributions as a legislator and builder of institutions, relating his major ideas to issues and debates in twenty-first century political science. Ethan Putterman explores how Rousseau's just state would actually operate, investigating how laws would be drafted, ratified and executed, arguing that the theory of the Social Contract is more pragmatic and populist than many scholars assume today.

'Putterman's signal and invaluable contribution is to demonstrate the ways in which Rousseau's attention to institutional design consistently aimed at enhancing rather than disabling the people's authority over, and their freedom through, laws. Rather than revealing a hidden preference for elite control over citizens, Rousseau's institutional sophistication instead affirms his profound commitment to popular sovereignty.' History of Political Thought

Acknowledgmentsp. viii
A note on the textp. x
List of abbreviationsp. xi
Introduction: The celestial voicep. 1
Rousseau's concept of lawp. 10
Agenda-setting and majority rulep. 40
Democracy and vote riggingp. 72
Popular sovereignty and the republican fear of large assembliesp. 96
Enforcing the laws in Poland and Corsicap. 122
Judging the laws/when legislation failsp. 146
Conclusion: Law and libertyp. 173
Select bibliographyp. 179
Name indexp. 183
Subject indexp. 185
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ISBN: 9780521765381
ISBN-10: 0521765382
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 7th June 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.0  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.44