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Personal rule
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Personal rule signifies the concentration of discretionary administrative competences directly in the hands of the prince or monarch (Monarchy) combined with the bypassing or marginalization of the administrative bodies that actually hold such responsibilities (Government). In this sense, personal rule can be said to have existed in Europe only from the 16th century on. Before this, the prince generally relied on a shifting circle of advisors and officials (Civil servant) at court to perform necessary functions, and competences often depended on an ad hoc transfer of respo…

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Asch, Ronald G., “Personal rule”, 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 18 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_025429>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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