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Controlling the State

Constitutionalism from Ancient Athens to Today

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$46.50 • £37.95 • €42.00

ISBN 9780674009776

Publication Date: 09/15/2002


412 pages

5-7/8 x 9 inches


  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • 1. The Doctrine of Sovereignty
    • The Classical Doctrine of Sovereignty
    • The People as Sovereign
    • Parliament as Sovereign
    • Critics of Sovereignty
  • 2. Athenian Democracy
    • Constitutional Development
    • The Athenian Political System
    • The Theory of the Athenian Constitution
    • The Doctrine of Mixed Government
    • The Constitutional Totalitarianism of Sparta
  • 3. The Roman Republic
    • The Development of the Republic, and Its Fall
    • The Political System of the Republic
    • Theoretical Interpretation of the Republican System
  • 4. Countervailance Theory in Medieval Law, Catholic Ecclesiology, and Huguenot Political Theory
    • Canon Law and Roman Law
    • Catholic Ecclesiology and the Conciliar Movement
    • The Huguenot Political Theorists
  • 5. The Republic of Venice
    • Venice and Europe
    • The Venetian System of Government
    • Venetian Constitutionalism
    • Church and State
    • The Myth of Venice
    • Venice, Mixed Government, and Jean Bodin
  • 6. The Dutch Republic
    • The Golden Age of the Dutch Republic
    • The Political History of the Republic, 1566-1814
    • The Republican Political System
    • Dutch Political Theory
  • 7. The Development of Constitutional Government and Countervailance Theory in Seventeenth-Century England
    • Religious Toleration and Civic Freedom
    • The Roles of Parliament
    • “Mixed Government” and the Countervailance Model
    • The Early Stuart Era
    • From the Civil War to the Revolution of 1688
    • The Provenance of English Countervailance Theory
    • The Eighteenth Century, and Montesquieu
  • 8. American Constitutionalism
    • The Political Theory of the American Revolution
    • The State Constitutions
    • The National Constitution
    • The Bill of Rights and the Judiciary
    • A Note on Provenance
  • 9. Modern Britain
    • Archaic Remnants: The Monarchy and the House of Lords
    • The House of Commons and the Cabinet
    • The Bureaucracy
    • The Judiciary
    • Unofficial Political Institutions: Pressure Groups
  • Epilogue
  • References
  • Index

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  • 1999 Association of American Publishers PSP Award for Excellence, Government and Political Science Category
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