The Sentence in Question
The legal “theories” of democracy that evolved in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries were precisely intended to provide such definitions as would link certain actual or ideal forms of government to the ideology of the Rule by the People
--(Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy, Schumpeter).
I understand the overall gist of the sentence, but I can't for the life of me figure out its grammatical structure. Referring back to information mentioned in previous sentences, the author is telling readers that:
- there were these fallacious theories that were created with a specific purpose in mind,
- that the purpose was to manipulate people into believing the "Rule by the People" ideology, and
- that those theories also connected certain forms of government to the "Rule by the People" ideology.
I can't tell whether the third bullet point is correct though, because I can't figure out what kind of connection "as would" makes in this sentence. Do you think that the author is trying to say that it was the theories which linked forms of government and the ideology, or that it was the specifically manipulated definitions ("such definitions")?