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The Cameralists: Fertile Sources for a New Science of Public Finance

  • Richard E. Wagner
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Part of the The European Heritage in Economics and the Social Sciences book series (EHES, volume 11)

Abstract

The cameralist writers emerged after 1500, primarily in the German-speaking lands, and stayed on the scene until the middle of the nineteenth century. While I devote some effort to characterizing some of the works and themes of the cameralists, I devote most of this chapter to an examination of the contemporary relevance of a cameralist orientation for scholarship in public finance. To place such stress upon contemporary relevance is not to ignore the vast differences between their times and ours, but is only to affirm that there are some enduring themes within the cameralist orientation that could prove interesting and fruitful for contemporary scholarship in public finance.

Keywords

Public Finance Institutional Framework Economic Order State Enterprise Contemporary Relevance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA

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