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The History of Government from the Earliest TimesVolume II: The Intermediate Ages$
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S. E. Finer

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207900

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207900.001.0001

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Representative Assemblies

Representative Assemblies

8. Representative Assemblies
The History of Government from the Earliest Times

S. E. Finer

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with a discussion of the emergence of representative assemblies during the 13th and 14th centuries. It then discusses the clerical and secular lineages of representation, the meaning of ‘representation’, the characteristics of assemblies, three contrasting representative assemblies (the Parliament of England, the Estates-General in France, and the Polish Sejm), and the fate of the representative principle.

Keywords:   representation, assemblies, representative principle, clerical lineage, secular lineage

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