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Turkka

The Origins of Parliamentarism

A Study of Sandys' Motion
Nomos,  2007, 236 Seiten, broschiert

ISBN 978-3-8329-2615-1


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In this study Tapani Turkka offers a discussion of the origins of parliamentarism in the context of early 18th century Britain. This is accomplished in the perspective of Dr. Turkka's new interpretation of John Locke's political thought in the Second Treatise. In this interpretation the exercise of state power is not by nature political but must be separately constituted as such. According to Turkka, Locke finds this possible to his contemporaries and succeeding generations of men. The origins of parliamentarism is seen to mean this very process of constitution of the use of state power as political. It is argued that this took place without a precedent during Sir Robert Walpole's long ascendancy (1721-1742) and due to his innovative policies.
Samuel Sandys' motion (1741) to remove Walpole from his office as Prime Minister embodies in a compact form the problems involved in the use of state power constituted as political in the context of early 18th century Britain emanating from the revolution of 1688. As such it allows a concentrated study of the origins of parliamentarism. This work will be of great interest and importance for scholars in political science and history.

»Turkka builds a fascinating and convincing case for a new interpretation of Locke's political thought in his Second Treatise and therefore a completely a new reading of the development of Parliamentary theory and action.«
Reference & Research Book News, November 2007
 
»(..) a fascinating and highly original analysis of 'parliamentarian' power as a modality of political authority« (Quentin Skinner)
 
»Die Studie über die Ursprünge des Parlamentarismus ist das beste Buch, das ich in den letzten Jahren zu diesem Thema gelesen habe (&) ein Lehr- und ein Kabinettstück für das, was man früher historische und ideengeschichtliche Grundlagen der Politik genannt hat.«
Prof. Dr. Peter Steinbach, Leiter des Instituts für Geschichte der Universität Karlsruhe
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