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Confucianism

Overview page. Subjects: Religion.

A system of philosophical and ethical teachings founded by the Chinese philosopher Confucius (551–479bc). His ideas about the importance of practical moral values, collected by his...

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conventions of the constitution

Overview page. Subjects: Law.

Conventions are non‐legal constitutional rules established by custom and practice, precedent, and prescription. In the British context, where there is no basic constitutional document, they...

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executive agency

Overview page. Subjects: Law.

A semi-autonomous agency that is responsible for delivering a service according to the policy and resources framework of a central government department. Executive agencies do not have a...

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government lawyers

Overview page. Subjects: Law.

Government lawyers are qualified lawyers (either barristers or solicitors) employed by the Crown, who act as lawyers for the government, and often for its executive agencies. Like other...

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public administration

Overview page. Subjects: Economic History — Earth Sciences and Geography.

The bureaucratic systems and their procedures which serve the government and implement its policies. Hence also the field of study which describes and analyses policy development and policy...

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public office

Overview page. Subjects: Law.

Employment in the Civil Service or in any other capacity in which remuneration is provided by Parliament or the Consolidated Fund. Holders of public office include government ministers,...

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Stafford Henry Northcote

Overview page. Subjects: British History.

(1818–87).

Of Devon gentry family and educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford, Northcote was Gladstone's secretary at the Board of Trade, then joint secretary to the 1851...

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