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Warfare, Taxation, and Political Change: Evidence from the Italian Risorgimento

Dincecco, Mark and Federico, Giovanni and Vindigni, Andrea Warfare, Taxation, and Political Change: Evidence from the Italian Risorgimento. Journal of Economic History, 71 (4). pp. 887-914. ISSN 0022-0507 (2011)

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We examine the relationships between warfare, taxation, and political change in the context of the political unification of the Italian peninsula. Using a comprehensive new database, we argue that external and internal threat environments had significant implications for the demand for military strength, which in turn had important ramifications for fiscal policy and the likelihood of constitutional reform and related improvements in the provision of non-military public services. Our analytic narrative complements recent theoretical and econometric works about state capacity. By emphasizing public finances, we also uncover novel insights about the forces underlying state formation in Italy.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Research Area: Economics and Institutional Change
Depositing User: Users 18 not found.
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2011 10:53
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2011 09:52
URI: http://eprints.imtlucca.it/id/eprint/892

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