Committee, estates
(2,762 words)

1. Introduction

In modern parliaments, the more or less silent work of expert committees represents the clear focus of legislative functions. Rudiments of a rationalization, specialization, and professionalization of procedures of political participation anticipating this development can be seen clearly in the early modern period, but it would be an oversimplification to interpret the estates’ committees exclusively from this perspective.

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Maruhn, Armand, “Committee, estates”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 15 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_017226>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206



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