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Controlling the state [electronic resource] : constitutionalism from ancient Athens to today / Scott Gordon.

Author/Creator:
Gordon, Scott, 1924-
Publication:
Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press, 1999.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (x, 395 p.)
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Subjects:
Separation of powers.
Authority.
Liberty.
Constitutional history.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
This work examines the theory and practice of constitutionalism. 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.
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.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Acknowledgments
Contents
Introduction
1 The Doctrine of Sovereignty
2 Athenian Democracy
3 The Roman Republic
4 Countervailance Theory in Medieval Law, Catholic Ecclesiology, and Huguenot Political Theory
5 The Republic of Venice
6 The Dutch Republic
7 The Development of Constitutional Government and Countervailance Theory in Seventeenth-Century England
8 American Constitutionalism
9 Modern Britain
Epilogue
References
Index
Notes:
Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Bibliographic Level Mode of Issuance: Monograph
Includes bibliographical references (p. 363-386) and index.
ISBN:
0-674-03783-9
OCLC:
923109948
Publisher Number:
10.4159/9780674037830 doi