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Competence (Authority)
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[German Version]

For long periods of time, the word competence (or competency) denoted a person's means of subsistence. From the 17th century onward, it has been used systematically in its technical legal sense of responsibility or jurisdiction and has become a standard technical administrative term in the context of the modern state with its division of functions. Competence defines the responsibilities and mandates of organs of state, agencies, and other administrative bodies – including private entities such as businesses, …

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Stroh, Ralf, “Competence (Authority)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_12044>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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