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The Corporate Commonwealth: Pluralism and Political Fictions in England, 1516-1651

Henry S. Turner


The Corporate Commonwealth offers a provocative account of the origins of modernity’s most perplexing institution: the corporation. Drawing on the resources of economic and political history, literary analysis, and political philosophy, the book explores the genesis of corporations from the late medieval period to the seventeenth century, showing how a plurality of corporate associations were gradually narrowed to the commercial, for-profit corporations we know today, and how the joint-stock corporation, in turn, became both a template for the modern State and a political force that the State ... More

Keywords: corporation, pluralism, fiction, State, political philosophy, value, political economy, university, Shakespeare, Hobbes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226363356
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226363493.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henry S. Turner, author
Rutgers University