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The Historical Flow of Modern Western Social Contract Thought and Its Constitutional Implications

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DOI: 10.23977/polsr.2022.030103 | Downloads: 6 | Views: 232


Deyu Zhang 1


1 School of History, Classics & Archaeology, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Edinburgh. William Robertson Wing Central Campus, Edinburgh, EH8 9AG, United kindom

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Deyu Zhang


Modern western social contract thinkers have written a series of colorful chapters in the history of world political thought. From Hobbes to Locke, from Rousseau to Kant, they deduced theories of natural state, natural rights, and natural law, such as innate human rights, popular sovereignty, limited government, and constitutional supremacy. These theories not only advocated for individual rights, but also investigated constitutional issues in public law, thus playing an important and indispensable role in the establishment and improvement of the Western bourgeois revolution and democratic system. In-depth investigation of differential absorption and application of these theories will undoubtedly aid in promotion.


Social contract theory, Constitutional thoughts, Political historiography


Deyu Zhang, The Historical Flow of Modern Western Social Contract Thought and Its Constitutional Implications. Journal of Political Science Research (2022) Vol. 3: 13-20. DOI: 10.23977/polsr.2022.030103.


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