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This introductory chapter presents an overview of the book Royal Police Ordinances in Early Modern Sweden: The Emergence of Voluntaristic Understanding of Law, which focuses on Swedish early modern royal police ordinances. Police can be claimed to have been one of the most important governmental and administrative themes in early modern states and societies in Continental Europe. The book discusses the emergence of royal legislative powers and legislative doctrine in late medieval and early modern Sweden. It explains few existing contemporary Swedish treatises on political theory. The book also deals with the emergence of police science in eighteenth century Sweden. Special attention is paid to the continental influence over Swedish police treatises. The book refers to the simultaneous development of police legislation in Germany and France.

Keywords: administrative theme; Continental Europe; early modern royal police ordinances; France; Germany; Sweden

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