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date: 19 July 2019


Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History
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Parliamentarianism, as it originated in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain, gave power to elected representatives in the legislative branch of the government, securing property rights for the landed gentry and diminishing power of the absolute monarchy. It aimed to stabilize government administration and provide orderly transfer of power, both at home and in British colonies. The Industrial Revolution and the growing power of trade unions contributed to its decline, although a modified form of the system exists in Canada, Israel, Scandinavia, and the European Union. ...

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