This chapter evaluates the concept of legal capacity and how it is employed in research in historical political economy. I discuss its relationship to the wider literature on state capacity, research on the rule of law, and the literature on legal origins. I go on to outline how the concept of legal capacity sheds light on the evolution of legal institutions in medieval England and early modern France.
Koyama, Mark, Legal Capacity (April 4, 2022). Oxford Handbook of Historical Political Economy.