Chapter 7 - In ancient governments, for the most part, the...

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In ancient governments, for the most part, the king’s word was law – eventually the executive and legislative functions diverged Discussion over three social forces that graduaully created this divergence 1. The ability to make laws – law-like constraints caused the king to all bust lose abilitites to change laws. Particularly true of laws or law-like tradtitions like marriage or inheritance Such laws, like inheritance of land, caused generations to yield landless starving people since only so many sons owned the land given them by their fathers History and tradition constrained the kin’s lawmaking ability 2. o The establishment of some kind of official veneration of the elderly o It’d be most unwise for a chief, prince, or king to defy laws that elderly carry down or interpret. i) Religion – a second way that lawmking power was pilled away from the executive---Even when kind was thought divine – always has been a separate priesthood (etc. shamans) 3. The difficulty that kins and queens faced was that even though the power of their
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2010 for the course POL 2533 taught by Professor Donnelly during the Fall '10 term at The University of Texas at San Antonio- San Antonio.

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Chapter 7 - In ancient governments, for the most part, the...

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