Abstract

Abstract:

This article examines Bodin's distinction between sovereignty and government ("la police") in the Six Livres de la République (1576) in the intellectual context of the Wars of Religion, and argues that the terminology of "la police" requires investigation in order to clarify its meaning. It demonstrates how Bodin distinguished his understanding of political science from his contemporaries in explaining the relationship between administrative and sovereign power in such a way as to reinforce his concept of sovereignty.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3222
Print ISSN
0022-5037
Pages
pp. 47-66
Launched on MUSE
2019-01-30
Open Access
No
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