chapter  5
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Republicanism as Innovation . . . or Not Innovation

We may have forgotten it these days, but innovation is a political concept. It began to be used by ancient writers on change and the stability of political constitutions, came into wider usage after the Reformation as a King’s legal prohibition, then became a polemical weapon used against every kind of opponent to the established order and every proponent of change, including ‘innovating’ princes like Charles I.