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Government/administration: The italian kingdoms within the spanish monarchy

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This chapter uses a few examples to throw light on different ways that both Italians and Spaniards made use of the precious instrument of administration, All of them tried to warp it, bending it to revised missions. It treats three points: first, the small groups of letrados jurists who peopled the administration, who decided and perhaps inspired the policies of the monarchy: this is the level of the councils. The second is the question of changes brought to the “style” of the courts as they fluctuated between a conscientious attempt to achieve consent and the temptation to be authoritarian: this is the level of institutions. The third is the shift in which those who represented sovereignty distributed favors: this is the level of ministers. The chapter shows that there were factors of a general evolution that, accompanied more or less closely by Spanish monarchy, influenced the history of institutions and Italian ministers.

Keywords: administration; authoritarian; Italian kingdoms; Italian ministers; letrados; Spanish Monarchy



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