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Privy council
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1. Definition

The privy council was a collegially structured local authority providing guidance and performing administrative functions, primarily in a monarchy but also in places with a republican polity such as the Netherlands and the cities and towns of Switzerland [17]; [8]. The jurisdiction of a privy council vis-à-vis other bureaucratic institutions was rarely defined precisely: its area of competence included – at least potentially – administrative and government functions along…

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Wieland, Christian, “Privy council”, 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 20 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_019694>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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