The Notables' Demand for Institutional Checks

John Hardman

in Overture to Revolution

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199585779
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595325 | DOI:
The Notables' Demand for Institutional Checks

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With the fall of Calonne, the Notables moved from defence to attack. Taking it as given that Calonne had squandered millions, they sought institutional restraints on the king to prevent the recurrence of such malfeasance. Notably they demanded the creation of a finance council including lay members which would audit departmental expenditure and publish an annual budget. The king was loathe to make such concessions which killed any chance of the Assembly endorsing an increase in taxation. Two bureaux accepted the need but the rest rejected it and all stressed that the Assembly had no legislative mandate. Consequently when the Assembly was closed on 25 May, the king had to send his edicts before the Parlement without their endorsement

Keywords: King; finance council; mandate; Parlement; taxation

Chapter.  11292 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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