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Bentham's Sieve: Restraining Officials and Entities in the Early Constitution
2 Our Constitutional Logic 283 (2013)
  • Peter J. Aschenbrenner, Purdue University
Abstract
Jeremy Bentham’s sieve, tidied up, divides sovereign Shouldstatements into responsibilities and disabilities. Responsibilies are subdivided into commands and permissions. Conditional or contingent statements, dependent as they must be on a future real world, are merely hum-drum expressions of the machinery of governing. A survey of restraints appears from the avalanche of 229 deployments of ‘shall’ in the Early Constitution.
Keywords
  • contingent statements,
  • conditional statements,
  • Early Constitution
Publication Date
March, 2013
Citation Information
Peter J. Aschenbrenner. "Bentham's Sieve: Restraining Officials and Entities in the Early Constitution" 2 Our Constitutional Logic 283 (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/peter_aschenbrenner/61/