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Cooption (from Latin cooptare, “to elect into a body”) is the right of a group of a limited number of people to supplement or expand the group on its own authority by adding one or more people. The right of cooption is attested in the most diverse forms from the Roman Republic down to the present day. While cooption is practiced today prominently for committee, executive, and directorial elections in social interest groups or for the selection of members of scholarly academies, cooption procedure…

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Haug-Moritz, Gabriele, “Cooption”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_022632>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206

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