Political Protest And Social Contract Theory

Ojaswi Bhagat

Volume III, Issue I, 2020

“When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes a duty” There has been a surge in the number of political protests all throughout the world clearly exhibiting dissatisfaction with respect to sovereign by the people. Social contract theory is one of the most revered and popularly celebrated political philosophy, which helps us understand what led to the formation of sovereign, what are its main functions, why and when it should be obeyed and when society may go against the sovereign. The article seeks to examine the legitimacy of the political protest in the 21St century in the light of social contract theory particularly given by Thomas Hobbes in his book leviathan and Jean Jacques Rousseau given in his treatise the social contract for which several political protest such as “Yellow Vest Protest” in France will be scrutinized under the theory to find out hoe much and how far is it acceptable to protest.


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