Montesquieu and Modern Republicanism

  title={Montesquieu and Modern Republicanism},
  author={Robin Douglass},
  journal={Political Studies},
  pages={703 - 719}
  • R. Douglass
  • Published 11 January 2012
  • History
  • Political Studies
In this article I explore Montesquieu's discussion of republics and the constitution of England in order to question the extent to which he should be accorded a central place in a tradition of modern republicanism. This involves challenging Paul Rahe's recent thesis that Montesquieu thought both that monarchy was not at all suited to modernity and that England was a republic all along. By stressing the importance of honour and ambition I argue that the liberty that Montesquieu thought… 

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