Professor Richard Tuck on Democratic Sovereignty and Democratic Government

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In this brief interview, Professor Richard Tuck speaks about his work in tracing the historical role of referendums and plebiscites in the formation of early-modern democratic states. While these processes have remained under theorized in the last 100 years, he argues that they are surprisingly relevant in how we tend to think about the changes undergoing modern politics today. In particular in light of their recent revival in response to the stresses emerging from the European Union that have been forcing citizens into new constitutional arrangements but also into thinking about democratic legitimacy. 

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