Municipal Life and Government in Germany (Classic Reprint)

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Several facts should emerge definitely and clearly from this story of the life and government of German towns if it has been told successfully.

One is the far wider range of administrative powers which the German towns possess and exercise as compared with the towns - even the large incorporated cities - of the United Kingdom. This fact is illustrated by almost every chapter, and need not be enlarged upon in this place, but municipal workers will find the fact itself, and still more its explanation, deserving of more than passing thought. If it be true that the average English citizen has little idea of the degree to which the authorities which govern him are bound fast in legal fetters, it must also be confessed that these authorities themselves show a strange disposition to accept their fate as natural and inevitable. In the development of its system of urban government Germany followed principles so elastic and so accommodating that its municipalities have been able to cope with their growing responsibilities with surprising ease and facility. Impressed by the' larger autonomy enjoyed by German towns, I have even dared to ask the question, whether in this country - the proverbial home of free institutions - we yet really understand what true self-government means? The reader must answer that question for himself after weigh ing the evidence offered for his guidance.

Stress has also been laid on the important and almost dominant position occupied in German local government by the permanent official and expert. In emphasising its respect for systematic training and special knowledge in that domain.

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Publisher - Forgotten Books

Author(s) - William Harbutt Dawson

Hardback

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ISBN - 9780266184546

Dimensions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 3.1 cm

Page Count - 521

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ISBN - 9781331365273

Dimensions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.8 cm

Page Count - 523

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