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Distinguish between political and legal sovereignty.

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Distinguish between political and legal sovereignty. (15) There are, many differences that distinguish political sovereignty from legal sovereignty. The author A.V. Dicey argued that legal sovereignty resided in parliament and political sovereignty rested with the electorate, because the electorate chooses parliamentary representatives. Political sovereignty is defined in terms of unlimited political power, while legal sovereignty is defined in terms of absolute legal authority. Legal sovereignty is to do with supreme power over decision making on certain political issues, whereas legal sovereignty is to do with supreme power with legal issues. ...read more.

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Legal sovereignty supplies the empowered body with the power to do everything in a state without accountability, to make laws, to execute and to apply them, to impose and collect taxes and levy contributions, to make war or peace, to form treaties of alliance or of commerce with foreign nations. In legal theory, sovereignty is the ultimate overseer, or authority, in the decision-making process of the state and in the maintenance of order. ...read more.

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When legal sovereignty is exercised, the beholder has the power to control the political structure of the country that they govern and the international political scene projected by their country. Political sovereignty can be gained by a large majority win at election time as the majority of the population favours this shows that the individual voted in. Political sovereignty differs from legal sovereignty in that it does not provide the power to control government. It also does not provide the beholder paramount control over the constitution and it's framework. It also does not provide a self sufficient source of supreme political power. ...read more.

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