Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2014.
xi, 443 pages ; 24 cm
Formatted Contents Note
Patterns of constitutional thought from Fortescue to Bentham / D. J. Galligan and C. Palmer Sir John Fortescue and the political dominium : the people, the common weal, and the king / M. R. L. L. Kelly Edward Coke / Ian Williams Constitutions in Hobbes's Science of politics / Tom Sorell The levellers, the people, and the constitution / D. J. Galligan Locke's contribution to the intellectual foundations of modern constitutionalism / Jean-Fabien Spitz Narrative constitutionalism and the kinetics of James Harrington's Oceana / J. C. Davis David Hume : constitution by convention / John Adams William Blackstone and the 'free Constitution of Britain' / Wilfrid Prest Jeremy Bentham / Philip Schofield Montesquieu / Giovanni Grottanelli de'Santi The general will constitution : Rousseau as a constitutionalist / Ruhza Smilova L'abbé de Sieyès : champion of national representation, father of constitutions / Raymond Kubben 'Perfection in Imperfection' : Joseph de Maistre and the limitations of constitutional design / Mila Versteeg James Madison's Republican constitutionalism / Mark A. Graber The constitutional thought of Alexander Hamilton / M. N. S. Sellers Jefferson's constitutions / Gerald Leonard John Adams, constitution monger / David Thomas Konig Thomas Paine / Richard Whatmore.
The period from the fifteenth century to the late eighteenth century was one of critical importance to British constitutionalism. Although the seeds were sown in earlier eras, it was at this point that the constitution was transformed to a system of representative parliamentary government. Changes at the practical level of the constitution were accompanied by a wealth of ideas on constitutions written from different - and often competing - perspectives. Hobbes and Locke, Harrington, Hume, and Bentham, Coke, the Levellers, and Blackstone were all engaged in the constitutional affairs of the day, and their writings influenced the direction and outcome of constitutional thought and development. They treated themes of a universal and timeless character and as such have established themselves of lasting interest and importance in the history of constitutional thought. Examining their works we can follow the shaping of contemporary ideas of constitutions, and the design of constitutional texts. At the same time major constitutional change and upheaval were taking place in America and France. This was an era of intense discussion, examination, and constitution-making. The new nation of the United States looked to authors such as Locke, Hume, Harrington, and Sydney for guidance in their search for a new republicanism, adding to the development of constitutional thought and practice. This collection includes chapters examining the influences of Madison, Hamilton, Jefferson, and Adams. In France the influence of Rousseau was apparent in the revolutionary constitution, and Sieyes was an active participant in its discussion and design.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.