Antonio Serra and the Economics of Good Government by Sophus Reinert, Rosario Patalano

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By Sophus Reinert, Rosario Patalano

In this publication a few of the world's best economists and specialists on Serra discover the iconic allure of his 1613 Breve trattato.

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80. 35. , Rebelión y Resistencia en el Mundo Hispánico del Siglo XVII, Leuven: Leuven University Press, 1992. 36. , “The General Crisis of the Seventeenth Century”, in Trevor-Roper, The Crisis of the Seventeenth Century: Religion, the Reformation and Social Change, New York: Harper & Row, 1968, p. 46. The “General Crisis” is the subject of an enormous scholarly literature and debate. , “Crisis and Catastrophe: The Global Crisis of the Seventeenth Century Reconsidered”, American Historical Review 113, 2008, pp.

For de Santis, the Kingdom’s export commodities – essentially “silk, oil, many wines, saffron, wheat, wool, livestock and many other items” – were so vital The Cost of Empires 43 to the “life and well being” of people in “all other Italian cities”, that increases in their prices would not deter foreign demand. 11 According to balance of payment figures included in the Discorsi, the Kingdom enjoyed a trade surplus of almost five million écu, calculated as follows: the income transferred to foreigners amounted to “600,000 ducats per year”, and the “total cost of imports [amounted] to about the same” for a total of 1,200,000.

1865, p. 496: “He also had a prison built in the cellars under the castle and had all the prisoners that had been in the old Vicaria brought there in their hundreds, and all those that were incarcerated in the various prisons. He ordered that in this palace should be accommodated the president of the Supreme Court (Sacro Consiglio), and the officer in charge of the Sommaria, and the Regent of the Vicaria with a judge of criminal cases. This amalgamation proved 34 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.

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