National Self-Government; Its Growth and Principles, the Culmination of Modern History

National Self-Government; Its Growth and Principles, the Culmination of Modern History

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...British educational officer to boast, as French administrators are said to have boasted, 'at this hour every boy of ten in the country is reading such and such a book.' The old voluntary agencies which had created the existing schools were left to work much as before; and the business of co-ordinating their work, and of establishing new public schools to fill gaps, was entrusted to new elected local' bodies, the creation of which extended the sphere of local self-government. They were all brought under central supervision; but the motive-power was in the self-governing bodies, only a supervisory or regulating authority in the central bureaucracy. Hence not only was selfgovernment strengthened, but variety of method was in some degree encouraged. In truth, throughout this period, both before and after 1867, one of the features of British life was the increasing multiplication of local bodies for all kinds of purposes--Boards of Health, Burial Boards, Road Boards, Boards of Guardians, School Boards. Their multiplicity formed one of the most impressive contrasts between selfgoverning Britain and the bureaucratic lands of Europe, where all this administrative work was, for the most part, highly centralised. At the same time, the older local authorities, and especially the Municipal Councils of the towns, were steadily enlarging their powers, and assuming a multitude of new functions. There was no uniformity or system in all this development. Each Town Council, when it found the need for new powers, applied to Parliament for a private Act. And all this pullulating activity was submitted to scarcely any supervision or control by the national government. It was the spontaneous activity of a self-governing people, other aspects of which were to be found...show more

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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236548124
  • 9781236548122