Local Self-government and Centralization: The Characteristics of Each, and Its Practical Tendencies as Affecting Social, Moral, and Political Welfare and Progress, Including Comprehensive Outlines of the English Constitution

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Chapman, 1851 - Constitutions - 409 pages
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Page 193 - ... ought to be tried and determined in the ordinary Courts of Justice and by the ordinary course of the law.
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Page 274 - ... is highly formidable, will be prostituted to mean and scandalous purposes, to the low ends of selfish ambition, avarice, or personal resentment. And from these ill consequences we may collect the prudent foresight of our ancient lawgivers, who suffered neither the property nor the punishment of the subject to be determined by the opinion of any one or two men ; and we may also observe the necessity of not deviating any further from our ancient constitution, by ordaining new penalties to be inflicted...
Page 12 - Local self-government is that system of government under which the greatest number of minds, knowing the most, and having the fullest opportunities of knowing it, about the special matter in hand, and having the greatest interest in its well-working, have the management of it, or control over it. "Centralization is that system of government under which the smallest number of minds, and those knowing the least, and having the fewest opportunities of knowing it, about the special matter in hand, and...

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