Antonio Serra and the Economics of Good Government

  • Rosario Patalano
  • Sophus A. Reinert

Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Finance book series (PSHF)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Rosario Patalano, Sophus A. Reinert
    Pages 1-11
  3. Cosimo Perrotta
    Pages 214-233
  4. Alessandro Roncaglia
    Pages 299-314
  5. Erik S. Reinert
    Pages 325-361
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 363-374

About this book


Little is known of Antonio Serra except that he wrote his extraordinary 1613 Short Treatise on the Causes that Make Kingdoms Abound in Gold and Silver even in the Absence of Mines in a Neapolitan jail, and that he died there soon afterwards. However the contribution this work made represents a watershed not only in the discipline of economics but in the history of social science and intellectual history more generally.

In this book some of the world's leading economists and experts on Serra explore the enduring appeal of Breve trattato. The authors analyse the work in its historical, economic, cultural and intellectual contexts, exploring the finer details of his theory regarding international financial interactions and his indebtedness to Renaissance legal traditions. The book also uncovers new material relating to Serra's life and provides in-depth interpretation of his key insights, influences and political economy.

This book highlights the parallels between issues discussed by Serra and modern political and scholarly consciousness, and illustrates the importance and influences of historical debate in modern economic thinking.


Antonio Serra Economics Finance Liberal Nineteenth Century Heritage Monetary Policy Portugal Italy Seventeenth-century Spanish Empire Naples prison economic development empire France kingdom macroeconomics monetary policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Rosario Patalano
    • 1
  • Sophus A. Reinert
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Naples “Federico II”Italy
  2. 2.Harvard Business SchoolUSA

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