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No Utopia: government without territorial monopoly in medieval central Europe

Volckart, Oliver (2002) No Utopia: government without territorial monopoly in medieval central Europe. Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics. ISSN 0932-4569

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Identification Number: 10.1628/0932456022975411


The paper examines the questions of how nonterritorial feudal governments in medieval central Europe emerged and what their tasks were, of how competition between these governments functioned, and of what consequences it had. The an- alysis leads to three hypotheses: (1) governmental nonterritoriality was mainly due to high monitoring costs, (2) intergovernmental competition entailed a high demand both for labor and for military security, and (3) competition had conse- quences that themselves undermined its viability and allowed governments with territorial monopolies to emerge. The paper shows furthermore why it is impos- sible under modern conditions to establish non

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Additional Information: © 2002 Mohr Siebeck
Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2017 13:51
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 00:06

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