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Bimetallism and its discontents: cooperation and coordination failure in the empire’s monetary politics, 1549-59

Volckart, Oliver (2017) Bimetallism and its discontents: cooperation and coordination failure in the empire’s monetary politics, 1549-59. Economic History working papers (271/2017). London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

The article uses new sources to review the hypotheses that Charles V’s currency bill of 1551 failed because of the electoral-Saxon resistance against the undervaluation of the taler that it stipulated, or because the emperor was too weak to overcome the estates’ resistance to collective action in monetary policies. The study shows that these issues were overshadowed by the dispute about whether a bimetallic currency should be established. Charles V’s currency bill failed because the Diet of Augsburg (1550-51) asked the emperor to publish it before all open issues had been resolved. This request placed the emperor in a dilemma where he had to make a decision but could not do so without antagonising important parties. It was the result of a coordination failure at the level of the Empire; this, in turn, was a consequence of a lack of continuity among the personnel involved in shaping monetary policies.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/Economic-History
Additional Information: © 2017 The Authors
Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
JEL classification: N - Economic History > N1 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Growth and Fluctuations > N13 - Europe: Pre-1913
N - Economic History > N2 - Financial Markets and Institutions > N23 - Europe: Pre-1913
N - Economic History > N4 - Government, War, Law, and Regulation > N43 - Europe: Pre-1913
Sets: Departments > Economic History
Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2018 15:57
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2019 23:19
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/86534

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