The unanimity rule and religious fractionalisation in the Polish-Lithuanian Republic

  title={The unanimity rule and religious fractionalisation in the Polish-Lithuanian Republic},
  author={Dalibor Rohac},
  journal={Constitutional Political Economy},
  • Dalibor Rohac
  • Published 7 March 2008
  • Political Science
  • Constitutional Political Economy
This paper analyses the role of the unanimity rule—known as liberum veto—in medieval Poland. We argue that the primary effect of the liberum veto was that it secured religious freedom and established domestic peace in an otherwise deeply divided and fractionalised country. What is more, this institution succeeded in doing so during an era which was characterised by violent religious conflicts and rise of absolutist monarchies throughout the European continent. Even after 1652, when the liberum… 

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