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Policey criminal law
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1. Introduction

Polizeistrafrecht, or “police(y) criminal law,” or the “law of police(y) contraventions,” is defined as the sphere of governmental or state sanctions that until well into the 19th century was intended to assure adherence in Europe to the provisions of the political order known in the German tradition as gute Policey (Police [political order]). Polizeistrafrecht depended in institutional terms on the fact that, from the late 17th century onwards, the policin…

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Pahlow, Louis, “Policey criminal 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 26 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025707>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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