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Government law
(2,475 words)

1. Terminology and trends

The German term for government law, Staatsrecht, is a German coinage to translate the Latin phrase ius publicum (cf. public law). It began to appear sporadically in the titles of treatises and handbooks in the first third of the 18th century. Only a few decades later it had become the general term for both a body of norms and the scholarly discip…

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Pauly, Walter, “Government law”, 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_027978>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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