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The problem of forbidding re-election

by npcole

Cite as: Dr Nicholas Cole, ‘The problem of forbidding re-election’ in N. P. Cole, Grace Mallon and Kat Howarth, The Creation of the Electoral College, Quill Project at Pembroke College (Oxford, 2016), item 70.


Although the Committee of the Whole had agreed to a proposal to limit the executive magistrate to one term only, so as to secure his independence from the legislature (and thereby implementing a well-understood principle of 'rotation in office'), such a measure could be read as giving the holder of the office too little incentive for best behaviour. These two ideas were simply in tension with one another, and here the Convention reversed its previous position, fearing a magistrate unconcerned about re-election more than one too eager for it.

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