THE need of studying comparative government has always been recognised. In fact, all the classical works on political theory were more or less based on a comparative approach. It is known that Aristotle prepared a number of studies of various governments before embarking on his Politics; medieval authors, while less eclectic in their approach, yet attempted to bring in as much comparison as was possible under the circumstances; and in the seventeenth century comparisons of different types of government appeared practically in every page of political philosophy. One has only to glance through some chapters of, e.g., Montesquieu and ...

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