Medieval Concepts and Practices

  • A. H. Birch
Part of the Key Concepts in Political Science book series (KCP)


To understand the nature of modern concepts of political representation, some account must be given of the historical developments which led to the emergence of these concepts. Most modern debates on the subject are conducted in terms of ideas which were first advanced many decades (if not centuries) ago and the only way to get a clear grasp of these ideas is to know something of the circumstances in which they originated. It would not be appropriate in this study to proceed step by step through the history of political representation but it will be helpful to look at the periods when significant movements of ideas took place. We shall begin with the period when representative institutions were first established as part of the machinery of secular government.


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© Macmillan Publishers Limited 1971

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. H. Birch
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ExeterUK

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