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1. Definition and function

As understood today, a minister is a member of the highest level of the executive branch who heads a department (Portfolio). His remit is well-defined by that department, that is, by virtue of its specialization. The ministry he heads is organized hierarchically. As a member of the government, he is under the authority of a head of government (Prime Minister, Chancellor) while at the same time standing in collegial solidarity with the other ministers (see Local authority)…

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Babel, Rainer, “Minister”, 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 30 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024136>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128

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