Popular sovereignty and the historical origin of the social movement

  title={Popular sovereignty and the historical origin of the social movement},
  author={Jens Rudbeck},
  journal={Theory and Society},
  • Jens Rudbeck
  • Published 5 October 2012
  • History
  • Theory and Society
This article seeks to explain why the social movement had its historical origin in the 1760s. It argues that the rise of the social movement as a particular form of political action was closely linked to a new interpretation of sovereignty that emerged within eighteenth century British politics. This interpretation, which drew inspiration from Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s social contract thinking, not only resonated with the radicalism of John Wilkes and his followers’ struggle to promote civil… 

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