What kind of political representation existed in the Ancien Regime? Which social sectors were given a voice, and how were they represented in the institutions? These are some of the issues addressed by the authors of this book from different institutional angles (monarchies and republics; parliaments and municipalities), from various European territories and finally from a connected and comparative perspective.
The aim is twofold: analyse the different mechanisms of political representation before Liberalism, their strengths and limitations; value the processes of oligarchisation and the possible mismatch between a libertarian model and a reality which was far from its idealised image.
Joaquim Albareda is Full Professor of Early Modern History at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.
Manuel Herrero Sanchez is Full Professor of Early Modern History at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide in Seville.