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The New Separation of PowersA Theory for the Modern State$
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Eoin Carolan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199568673

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199568673.001.0001

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Conclusions: A Republican Theory of Institutional Separation?

Conclusions: A Republican Theory of Institutional Separation?

(p.253) 9 Conclusions: A Republican Theory of Institutional Separation?
The New Separation of Powers

Eoin Carolan

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a brief overview of the arguments made throughout the book, and seeks to place them in some sort of academic or historical context. It argues that there are specific similarities between the model proposed and classic republican theory. In particular, the model shares a concern for non-arbitrariness, a commitment to the common good or public interest, a faith in the technique of distributing power amongst different institutions. In addition, it organizes that distribution of power by entrusting influence to institutions which are intended to represent particular social interests. This is similar to classic republicanism, except that it replaces fixed social classes with abstract constituent interests.

Keywords:   institutional theory, constitutionalism, social cohesion, social values, dissent, public reason

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