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The Pace of Change in Civil Polity 1688-1765 As Cataloged in Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England
2 Our Constitutional Logic 933 (2014)
  • Peter J. Aschenbrenner, Purdue University
Abstract
Wm. Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England (in its ultimate chapter, Book IV, Chapter 33) lists 35 changes in English civil society from 1688-1765. The list references sixteen Acts of Parliament, four instances of executive acquisition of power and fifteen instances of judicial reform. These 35 changes in political society over 77 years compute to one change every 2.2 years, making generous allowances for assumptions. OCL investigates.
Keywords
  • civil society,
  • civil polity,
  • political society,
  • pace of change,
  • gradual improvements
Publication Date
April, 2014
Citation Information
Peter J. Aschenbrenner. "The Pace of Change in Civil Polity 1688-1765 As Cataloged in Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England" 2 Our Constitutional Logic 933 (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/peter_aschenbrenner/235/