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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Mandate

Andrzej Jackiewicz, Artur Olechno

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 19 April 2021

Subject(s):
Principles and objectives of constitutions — Representative democracy — Delegated powers — Federal judicial systems — State sovereignty and states' rights — Political philosophy of federalism — Types of federalism

General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.
Managing Editor: Ana Harvey

1. The word ‘mandate’ comes from the Latin word mandatum which means an order or an instruction. In politics, mandate is defined as the authority, granted by the electorate to a person or to a party that wins an election, to carry out a policy and act as its representative. A mandate has a political, but also a legal, nature. In constitutional law, a mandate is a set of principles that govern the relationship between the sovereign (voters) and the person who exercises the function for which he or she has been elected (Di Stefano, Ribbete, and Rauline 619−620)....
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