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Instead of viewing the persistence of concurrency as a dysfunctional relic, one may hypothesize that it is a product of an institutIonal evolution. The persistence
of the anomaly over time requires a search for a strong functional explanatIon. With such an approach, one makes the working assumption that the historical explanation of the origin of the structure of complex concurrency of jurisdiction, even if accurate, does not suffice to explain its persIstence. It is this approach
that I shall pursue here.

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