Ancients and Moderns: The Emergence of Modern Constitutionalism

Institute for the Study of the Americas, March 2002; reprinted in Democracy and the Constitution: Landmarks of Contemporary Political Thought (AEI Press, 2006).

Walter Berns, John M. Olin University Professor emeritus at Georgetown University, investigates the history of modern constitutionalism or limited government. Particularly interested in the framing of the U.S. Constitution, Berns goes on to delve into various views concerning constitutionalism, ranging from Aristotle to Cicero, Polybius to Montesquieu, the English Constitution to that of the French.

American Enterprise Institute
University of London School of Advanced Study