Accounting and Raison d’État in the Grand Duchy of Tuscany: Reopening the University of Pisa (1543-1609)

Bigoni, M. (2017) Accounting and Raison d’État in the Grand Duchy of Tuscany: Reopening the University of Pisa (1543-1609). In: The Ninth Accounting History International Conference, 6-8 Sep 2017, Verona, Italy. (Unpublished) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The University of Pisa in the 16th and early 17th centuries was essential to the governmental plan of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany to strengthen their State. Consistent with the rationality of Foucault’s concept of raison d’État, the Grand Dukes sought to constantly mould the conduct of students and professors through a multitude of interventions. These often contradicted the law in the form of the Statute under which the University was reopened that promised to protect the freedom and independence of students and professors. Detailed control by the Grand Dukes was enabled by an extensive use of written information, most notably in the form of accounting reports, which made it possible for the rulers to govern the University through a ‘permanent coup d’État’.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Uncontrolled keywords: Raison d’État, Foucault, Accounting, Power, University of Pisa
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Depositing User: Michele Bigoni
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2017 12:13 UTC
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2019 09:51 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/63496 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Bigoni, M.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5803-249X
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