Oxford Handbook of Historical Political Economy
31 Pages Posted: 11 May 2022 Last revised: 18 May 2022
Date Written: April 4, 2022
This chapter evaluates the concept of legal capacity and how it is employed in research in historical political economy. I discuss its relationship to the wider literature on state capacity, research on the rule of law, and the literature on legal origins. I go on to outline how the concept of legal capacity sheds light on the evolution of legal institutions in medieval England and early modern France.
Keywords: Legal Capacity, Rule of Law;,Institutions, State Capacity
JEL Classification: N0, N4, N43
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