Elizabeth I - Local and Regional Government

  • government relied on men in the community since the government lacked the equivalent of a modern professional civil sevice (or the money to buy one)
  • growing tendency of 16th century government to intefere in the local communities (to instruct parish priests on how to conduct services or arrange poor releif) was important
  • increasing scope of government activity inevitably involved placing more work on unpaid government classes, who took on the work because of the prestige / influence the role carried in the community

Justices of the Peace:

  • key figures in local government - they were appointed from the gentry / wealthy families and merchant elites in the towns
  • responsibilities included maintaining the rule of law by settling disputes, punishing offenders and administering a range of policies…


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