Parliamentarization
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Parliamentarization

From 1871 the German Reich was a constitutional monarchy. The Kaiser appointed and dismissed the chancellor, who was the only member of the imperial government responsible to the Reichstag (the lower house of parliament), and without whose agreement the Kaiser could not take political action. The chancellor could not rule for long against a majority of the Reichstag, since the Reichstag had the right to adopt the budget. Even before 1914, constitutional reality had changed in …

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Mai, Günther, “Parliamentarization”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 16 December 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0458>
First published online: 2015



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