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Controlling the State: Constitutionalism from Ancient Athens to Today
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Harvard Univ Pr
Publication date September 15, 2002
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780674009776
ISBN-10 0674009770
Dimensions 1.25 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 1.20 lbs.
Original list price $41.00
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This book 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, seventeenth-century England, and eighteenth-century America.

From its beginning in Polybius' 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 defense of minority rights. After noting its suppression with the emergence of the nation-state and the Bodinian doctrine of "sovereignty," 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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Hardcover
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from Harvard Univ Pr (December 15, 1999)
9780674169876 | details & prices | 395 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.70 lbs | List price $83.00
About: This book 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.
Paperback
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from Harvard Univ Pr (September 15, 2002)
9780674009776 | details & prices | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.20 lbs | List price $41.00
About: This book 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.
Miscellaneous
from Ebrary (January 1, 1999)
9780674037830 | details & prices | 408 pages | List price $35.50

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