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Popular Government by Henry Sumner Maine
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Popular Government (original 1885; edition 1976)

by Henry Sumner Maine

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Title:Popular Government
Authors:Henry Sumner Maine
Info:Liberty Fund (1976), Paperback, 256 pages
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Popular Government by Sir Henry Sumner Maine (1885)

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Four Essays on the nature, impact, prospects and dangers of democracies. Essays are: Popular Government, The Nature of Democracy, The Age of Progress, and The Constitution of the United States.
The author was perhaps the foremost legal scholar of his day (1885) in Britain. He makes quite a number of points, in interesting language, several of which I have not encountered before in extensive reading. Throughout the essays he compares the experience of various governments, and concludes that democracy is a fairly unstable, mostly unsuccessful and sometimes disastrous form of government. He includes some reasoning and discussion of the attributes of successful popular government. The essay on the U.S. Constitution contains some very interesting comparisons of the British and U.S. governments of the 18th and 19th centuries. Highly recommended and republished recently the work certainly deserves a wider distribution among all interseted in political history and governance. ( )
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2 editions of this book were published by Liberty Fund, Inc.

Editions: 0913966142, 0913966150

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