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1We have already discussed2 how many and what are the varieties of the deliberative body or sovereign power in the state, and of the system of magistracies and of law-courts, and which variety is adapted to which form of constitution, and also3 the destruction of constitutions and their preservation, from what sort of people they originate and what are their causes. But as a matter of fact since there have come into existence several kinds of democracy and similarly of the other forms of constitution, it will be well at the same time to consider4 any point that remains about these varieties, and also determine the mode of organization appropriate and advantageous for each. And further we must also investigate5 the combinations of all the modes of organizing the actual departments of state that have been mentioned,6

1 Book 7 in some editions, Book 8 in others.

2 Book 4, 1297b 35 ff.

3 Book 5.

4 1318b—1319a 6.

5 These topics do not occur in the extant work.

6 i.e. the deliberative, executive and judicial, see 1297b 41 ff.

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