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1. Politics the support or commission given to a government and its policies or an elected representative and his policies through an electoral victory
2. (formerly) any of the territories under the trusteeship of the League of Nations administered by one of its member states
a. Roman law a contract by which one person commissions another to act for him gratuitously and the other accepts the commission
b. Contract law a contract of bailment under which the party entrusted with goods undertakes to perform gratuitously some service in respect of such goods
c. Scots law a contract by which a person is engaged to act in the management of the affairs of another



authorization, commission. The term “mandate” also refers to a document that confirms a particular person’s authority (for example, the mandate of a deputy). The term originated in Roman law to signify a contract of agency.

In international law at the time of the founding of the League of Nations the term “mandate” meant the authority given to a particular state to govern parts of Turkish possessions or former German colonies in the name of the League.

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The proportion of bills with mandates exceeding the relevant threshold has declined in each of the past six years, a considerable slowing of congressional mandating activity, especially compared to the previous decade.
These supplies, in turn, create pressure for new regulations mandating that manufacturers use recycled materials.
For example, Summers [1989] points out that the more employees value a benefit the less the deadweight loss associated with mandating it when compared to having government provide the benefit and financing it though general taxation.