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MANIFESTO. A solemn declaration, by the constituted authorities of a nation, which contains the reasons for its public acts towards another.
     2. On the declaration of war, a manifesto is usually issued in which the nation declaring the war, states the reasons for so doing. Vattel, liv. 3, c. 4, Sec. 64; Wolff, Sec. 1187. See Anti-Manifesto.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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However, a recent study by the Institute for Policy Reforms shows that these parties do not necessarily follow their manifestoes, perhaps because their initial contents do not provide the prerequisites.
One of Lyon's most forceful arguments in Manifestoes: Provocations of the Modern is that the manifesto's modes of representation have a distinct temporality.
As the official start of campaigning for the July 29 Upper House election draws near, all the major parties have sent out their election manifestoes. The upcoming Upper House poll is the fourth major national election in which manifestoes are being used in campaigns.
Her reconsideration of their manifestoes bridges a gap between their polemics and second-wave feminist thinking, continental and stateside; were this gap to persist, we would be left with an incomplete understanding of the "nonessentializing feminist aesthetic" the latter group sought to perfect.