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Ignatius’s Governing and Administrating the Society of Jesus

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Secondary literature on Ignatius as administrator or governor of a complex social body is scant. Equally scant is sophisticated work on how the Jesuit order functioned as a social organization. A future history of Ignatian or Jesuit governance also focuses on the daily practices of decision-making and the role of social micropolitics within the curia. The Society of Jesus should be integrated into the historical context of early modern governance, both secular and ecclesiastical. Inspiration for a future history of Ignatian governance could be drawn from the recent surge in books on papal administration in the wake of Paolo Prodi's work, the growing body of studies on policy-making in the Spanish empire, or the sophisticated reevaluation of medieval monastic institutions initiated by Gert Melville. Many of the early biographers have collected stories about his everyday life in Rome after being elected superior of the nascent Society of Jesus.

Keywords: Ignatius; Jesuit governance; papal administration; Society of Jesus; Spanish empire



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