Political Institutions; Being Part V of the Principles of Sociology. (the Concluding Portion of Volume 2

Political Institutions; Being Part V of the Principles of Sociology. (the Concluding Portion of Volume 2

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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. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ... in Eome, popular power in the provinces decreased: "the municipal organization, from being democratic, became aristocratic." In France, as monarchical power approached absoluteness, similar changes were effected in another way. The government seized on municipal offices, "erecting them into hereditary offices, and... selling them at the highest price: ... a permanent mayor and assessors were imposed upon all the municipalities of the kingdom, which ceased to be elective;" and then these magistrates began to assume royal airs--spoke of the sanctity of their magistracy, the veneration of the people, &c. Our own history interestingly shows simultaneous movements now towards freer, and now towards less free, forms, locally and generally. When, under King John, the central government was liberalized, towns acquired the power to elect their own magistrates. Conversely when, at the Eestoration, monarchical power increased, there was a framing of the " municipalities on a more oligarchical model." And then comes the familiar case of the kindred liberalizations of the central government and the local governments which have occurred in our own time. 511. From those local governing agencies which have acquired a political character, we turn now to those which have retained the primitive family character. Though with the massing of groups, political organization and rule become separate from, and predominant over, family-organization and rule, locally as well as generally, yet family-organization and rule do not disappear; but in some cases retaining their orginal nature, in some cases give origin to other local organizations of a governmental kind. Let us first note how wide-spread is the presence of the...show more

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  • 9781236634382