clericate

clericate

(ˈklɛrɪkət)
n
a clerical post
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From 1718 on, Peter I had sought to recentralize and bureaucratize by reducing the chancery staffs of the governors and expanding the secretariat and clericate in the central colleges, but the general trend over the course of Peter's reign was actually a decrease in the number of higher, experienced chancery staff and an expansion in the number of lower officials who were retired junior officers and soldiers or elected local nobles.