The German constitution

1871 German consisitution

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The Kaiser

  • Had the majority of power
  • had right to dismiss/appoint chancellors
  • Could dissolve Reichstag
  • Controlled most policy- foreign
  • Gave assent to all new laws
  • Had a say in domestic laws
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  • Head of government
  • Decided domestic policy with Kaiser's consultation
  • Could be appointed/dismissed by Kaiser
  • Responsible directly to Kaiser
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Reichstag (lower house)

  • Gave consent to all laws
  • Could question/reject/debate any proposed laws
  • Could not amend laws/ dismiss Chancellor
  • All members elected by electorate called Deputies
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  • 58 representatives from across German states
  • Prussia had 17
  • Headed by chancellor
  • Could initiate and veto legislation by majority vote
  • Not elected
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Electorate (voters)

  • All men over the age of 25 could vote for deputies
  • Secret ballot introduced
  • Appeared fair- German very democratically advanced
  • However some argue that the constitution was "A fig leaf covering the nakedness of Prussian absolutism."
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