1. The concept of mixed government originated in the second century BC with the Greek historian Polybius’ attempt to account for the outstanding stability of the Roman Republic. The system of government of the Roman Republic, Polybius noted, combined aspects of each of the three Aristotelian classes of government: monarchy, aristocracy, and democracy. 2. Owing to its structural indeterminacy, the concept proved sufficiently adaptable to be reworked by political thinkers over the ages and has survived into modern times. Since the rise of modern constitutionalism,...
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