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Description - Controlling the State by Scott Gordon

This work examines the development of the theory and practice of constitutionalism, defined as a political system in which the coercive power of the state is controlled through a pluralistic distribution of political power. It explores the main venues of constitutional practice in ancient Athens, Republican Rome, Renaissance Venice, the Dutch Republic, 17th-century England, and 18th-century America. From its beginning in Polyius' interpretation of the classical concept of "mixed government", the author traces the theory of constitutionalism through its late medieval appearance in the Conciliar Movement of church reform and in the Huguenot defence of minority rights. The author describes how constitutionalism was revived in the English conflict between king and Parliament in the early Stuart era, and how it has developed since then into the modern concept of constitutional democracy.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674009776
ISBN-10: 0674009770
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 149mm x mm)
Pages: 412
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 2-Sep-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Scott Gordon

Scott Gordon is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Economics and of the History and Philosophy of Science at Indiana University, Bloomington, and Professsor Emeritus of Economics at Queen's University, Canada.