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.





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