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Introduction: Antonio Serra and the Economics of Good Government

Rosario Patalano and Sophus A. Reinert

A chapter in Antonio Serra and the Economics of Good Government, 2016, pp 1-11 from Palgrave Macmillan

Abstract: Abstract In the great Harvard economist Joseph A. Schumpeter’s posthumously published masterwork History of Economic Analysis, he “credited” the Southern Italian lawyer and economic writer Antonio Serra (f. 1613) with being “the first to compose a scientific treatise … on Economic Principles and Policy”.1 What follows is the first ever anthology of essays dedicated to Serra, who, though long having been eulogized in the historiography of economics as a thinker of precocious sophistication, has seldom received sustained attention from scholars, especially outside of Italy. In fact, no monograph-length study has ever been dedicated to him in any language, and he remains a dark horse in the historiography of political economy – often quoted, but seldom understood or appreciated in his historical context. Partly, this might be because of the many mysteries surrounding the man and his work.

Keywords: Political Economy; Real Economy; Scientific Treatise; Commercial Revolution; Dark Horse (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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DOI: 10.1057/9781137539960_1

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