Early Voting and Elections

Richard S. Katz

in Democracy and Elections

Published in print December 1997 | ISBN: 9780195044294
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854752 | DOI:
Early Voting and Elections

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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

Chapter.  8704 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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