Calvin the Magistrate — The Legal & Political Legacy of the Genevan Reformer

When Dr. George Gatgounis was at Harvard, the collapse of the Soviet empire resulted in many fledgling democracies. The Kennedy School at Harvard set aside $6 million to fund a think tank to answer the question, “what makes democracies work?”

Dr. George Gatgounis found in history an example of a democracy which literally sprang up overnight — 16th-century Geneva.

In Calvin the Magistrate, Dr. George Gatgounis explores how Geneva was transformed in the days of Calvin into a functional republic in a very short time.