Wahlkorruption in der Frühen Neuzeit
Electoral Corruption in the Early Modern Period / Corruption électorale au début de l´époque moderne
Elections are still often equated with modern democracy, which they are supposed to constitute by way of realizing bourgeois equality. By contrast, elections in pre-modern times are regarded as a mere ritual celebrated exclusively by a privileged male minority in order to cement a patronally prescribed corporate hierarchy. This volume shows that elections in different forms of society serve as a political tool par excellence for establishing the legitimacy of distributive justice in accessing offices and resources and for collective agreement concerning suitable candidates for them. One focus of the volume is on the early modern urban societies of Italy, whose oligarchic tendencies are paradoxically expressed in their intense preoccupation with electoral procedures which were therefore regarded as exemplary in their time.
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