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|A paper presented at the Conference on Constitutional Change in the 1990s, Darwin 4-6 October 1992.|
|In the influential pamphlet of the spring of 1776, "Thoughts on Government," |
Adams wrote that "there is no good government but what is republican" and that "
the very definition of a republic is 'an empire of laws and not of men'" (WJA 4:194)
|286 government of laws, not of men “On Capitol Hill,” wrote the historian William |
Manchester in 1967, “the two brothers [Robert and Ted Kennedy] inevitably came
to be regarded as the nucleus of a government-in-exile.” Although President ...
|Adams included in the document what is, on reflection, a striking aspiration: that |
the Commonwealth would become “a government of laws and not of men.”1 The
phrase “a government of laws and not of men” (which Adams cribbed, as it ...
|See, e.g., RAZ, AUTHORITY, supra note 3, at 212 ("The ideal of the rule of law is .|
.. often expressed by the phrase 'government of laws and not of men'"); Owen M.
Fiss, The Bureaucratization of the Judiciary, 92 YALE LJ. 1442, 1451 (1983) ...
|A. Government. of. Laws. and. Not. of. Men. Undated, first half of 1942 When a |
middle-aged, hard-working German hears an early morning knock at his door, he
is not confident, as we would be, that it is the milkman! It may be the secret police
|(c) Discretion and the rule of law Statutes often entrust ministers and other public |
authorities with discretionary power, ... No government has ever been a
government of laws and not of men in the sense of eliminating all discretionary
|This is that kind of Government which to hold l^-v— mi Barbarous, was in the |
Greeks and Romans Pedantical Pride, but ... II, Whether aCommon-wealth he
rightly defind to be a Government of Laws and not of Men, and a Monarchy to be
|1 This passage is the origin of the slogan "the rule of law not of men," an |
abbreviation of which forms our phrase "the rule of law. ... introduced the phrase "
government of laws, and not of men" into America in his 1774 "Novanglus Paper"