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This is the introductory chapter of this book, which suggests that the histories of the concepts of popular sovereignty and democracy should also be studied by analysing the debates in which leading political decision-makers were involved. The object of study is the use of references to the political role of the people in eighteenth-century parliamentary debates by a large number of leading politicians. This is also a comparative study in that the debates are analysed not only in their relevant political contexts at the national level but also through comparisons with parallel debates in the representative institution of another country.

Keywords: democracy; eighteenth-century parliamentary debates; popular sovereignty

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