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Type: Journal article
Title: The disposition of things: spontaneous order in the esprit des lois.
Author: Gerrans, P.
Citation: The European Legacy: toward new paradigms, 2004; 9(6):751-765
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Issue Date: 2004
ISSN: 1084-8770
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Philip Gerrans
Abstract: The article states that in the "Esprit des Lois" Charles Louis de Secondat Montesquieu famously proposes a version of the doctrine of the separation of judicial, executive and legislative power as a way of protecting political liberty ("the opinion each has of his security"). Given the context in which he situates his arguments: an immense and theoretically opaque excursus which discusses almost everything known to political theory, anthropology and economics before his time, and essentially descriptive methodology, it is not easy to discern a clear line of argument in support of the doctrine of the separation of powers.
Keywords: Political science
constitutional law
legislative bodies
judicial power
separation of powers
Description: © 2004 International Society for the Study of European Ideas
DOI: 10.1080/1084877042000311608
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