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Rousseau as a constitutionalist
Mads Qvortrup

constitutionalism took a form which is recognisable today. In the Putney debates10 Henry Ireton, one of the Levellers, made a case for a system (which he believed had existed before): ‘the two great powers of this kingdom are divided betwixt the Lords and the Commons, and it is most probable to me that it was so that it was so that judicial power was in the Lords principally … the legislative power principally in the Commons’ (quoted in Vile 1998: 34). This might not have been the first instance of the advocacy of a system of the division of powers but it was indicative of a

in The political philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau