Definition Of Popular Sovereignty

Popular sovereignty is the notion that people should have ultimate authority over their government, and that laws and leaders are fundamentally servants of the people. Its central concept is that the legitimacy of a country’s laws and its ruler is based on the consent of those being governed. Popular sovereignty has its roots in the 1600s and 1700s with the writings of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke, who argued that individuals choose to enter into social contracts with each other and therefore voluntarily give up some rights in exchange for protection from danger. Most democracies are based on popular sovereignty, which was a guiding principle behind the American Revolution.