Constitutional Theory and the Constitutional History of Colonial America
By Randall G. Holcombe
This article appeared in the Summer 1998 issue of The Independent Review


The constitutional history of the American colonists and the Iroquois Confederacy sheds new light on the dynamics of group decision-making. It shows that the scope of government tends to grow as the requirements for consensus weaken, and that changes in rule-making procedures provoke people to adopt new strategies for pursuing their goals.

Other Independent Review articles by Randall G. Holcombe
    Winter 2014   Consenting to Collective Action: The Classical Liberal Constitutional Calculus of James M. Buchanan
    Fall 2013   The Public Debt Problem: A Comprehensive Guide
    Spring 2013   Crony Capitalism: By-Product of Big Government
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