The countervailing powers referred to in the title are the powers of those confronting each other in the market while ignoring the rules of competition and of fair play in general. This book reconstructs an ideological pathway stretching from the mid-seventeenth century to the 1820s which led to a sort of corollary to the liberal concept of a self-regulating market, capable of defending itself against those who pursue their own interests through conspiracies of a monopolistic nature. Based on this idea, the salvation of the victims of such delinquent designs, and the very survival of the market, could be assured only by acknowledging the victims’ right to resort to the same weapons as the conspirators.


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  1. 1.Department of Human and Social ScienceUniversity of Naples—L’OrientaleNaplesItaly

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