Corruption : Ethics and Power in Florence, 1600-1770

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In this analysis of the social and political context of Florence, Waquet reveals that corruption in the 18th century was pervasive yet invisible. He explores the hidden dimensions of corruption and shows how its almost metaphysical nature, as they very origin of human vice, prevented the phenomenon from being examined. The author critically examines previous studies of corruption in Europe and puts forward an original thesis that the political dimension of corruption, stealing power from one's superiors, was and remains as important as the economic dimension.
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  • Hardback | 220 pages
  • 158 x 226 x 26mm | 519.99g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • French
  • 0745606768
  • 9780745606767

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Part 1 The sound of money: the grand embezzlement from the "Abbondanza"; just one of many cases of embezzlement. Part 2 Dissolute morals: appropriating the State; the misfortunes of virtue. Part 3 Consciences at peace: on the strength of lies; saved by reason. Part 4 Is there a universal model? Part 5 The justice of the Lord: the grandeur of clemency; the good of punishment. Part 6 The fragility of the State.
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