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Democracy and Elections$
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Richard S. Katz

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780195044294

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195044294.001.0001

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Early Voting and Elections

Early Voting and Elections

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Democracy and Elections

Richard S. Katz (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter examines the history of early voting and elections. It describes the functions and procedures of elections in four different settings. The purposes of the idea of election through history have included the prevention of tyranny in Athens, the confirmation of authority through consent in the Roman Republic, the discovery of a divinely ordained choice in the medieval Catholic Church, and the selection of attorneys to act for the community in 13th- through 18th-century England.

Keywords:   voting, election, tyranny, Athens, Roman Republic, Catholic Church, attorneys, England

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