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Igor Fedyukin, Assessing the effectiveness of early modern bureaucracy: The case of the Chancellery of Confiscations in Russia, 1730s
6 December, 2018 @ 1:05 pm - 1:50 pm
State-building and the expansion of the ever more effective bureaucracy is supposed to be one of the central features of the early modern era in Europe. However, how do we actually assess the workings of these bureaucracies to move beyond judgements based on impressionistic and even anecdotal data? This paper uses a case study of one particular institution in Russia in the 1730s – a polity notorious for its ineffective and cumbersome bureaucracy – to offer some refections on this issue.
Please note that we are meeting in 38 Mappin Street, Classroom 8 this week.