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States of CreditSize, Power, and the Development of European Polities$
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David Stasavage

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691140575

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691140575.001.0001

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Representative Assemblies in Europe, 1250–1750

Representative Assemblies in Europe, 1250–1750

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(p.47) Chapter Three Representative Assemblies in Europe, 1250–1750
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States of Credit
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David Stasavage

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691140575.003.0003

This chapter examines the evolution of representative assemblies in Europe during the period 1250–1750. Numerous historical sources provide evidence of a clear distinction between the financial roles played by representative bodies in city-states and by those in territorial states. Within city-states, representative bodies met frequently, they played a direct role in controlling government finance. Within territorial states, representative assemblies were sometimes an obstacle to a government's efforts to obtain credit. The chapter first provides an overview of the origins of representative assemblies before discussing the prerogatives of representative assemblies in city-states and territorial states. The evidence relates to long-standing historical arguments about the emergence and evolution of political representation. The chapter also highlights the pronounced difference in the activities of representative assemblies in city-states and territorial states.

Keywords:   representative assemblies, credit, Europe, city-states, territorial states, government finance, political representation

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