The American Political Science Review Volume 3, Nos. 1-4

The American Political Science Review Volume 3, Nos. 1-4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...from 1702-1738 it steadily increased in power at the expense of the governor and of the royal council--the upper legislative house. Again, Bagehot, Dicey, Wilson and others have pointed out the fact that today the most successful governor-general of a self-governing colony is the one who, following the great example set by the crown in England, endeavors to rule by influence and not by direct assertion of authority. This was strikingly shown 200 years ago by the experience of the royal governors of New Jersey, who were usually successful only in so far as they followed the former method in their administration of the colony. Says Dr. Tanner: Taking the part played by the governor in the work of legislation as a whole, our study shows that the office was respected by the legislative bodies, and.... when the post was held by men who sought the welfare of the province, they could obtain reasonable measures which did not run absolutely counter to colonial views. The extent of the directing influence possessed by the governor, on the other hand, depended upon his political skill and his ability in handling men (p. 231). Of the seven governors discussed, Robert Hunter (17101719) was the most tactful and capable and also the most successful. In spite of the criticism stated above, the work is a valuable and authoritative treatment of a period which has been described heretofore only by historians of amateur or popular ability. Dr. Tanner shows keen, accurate and scholarly judgment in his evaluation of historical evidence, and it is to be hoped that he will complete his task by a further work carrying the narrative at least to the outbreak of the Revolution. William Starr Myers. A Sovereign People: A Study of...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 472g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236568346
  • 9781236568342