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How to Expect the Portuguese Inquisition
by Anderson, Robert Warren, Ph.D., George Mason University, 2011, 211; 3455049
Abstract (Summary)

The Portuguese Inquisition lasted for centuries, sentenced tens of thousands of people and created a global Diaspora. However, an analytical approach to understanding fluctuations in inquisitorial severity is lacking. I use a Public Choice framework of the inquisition by treating it as a power and wealth seeking bureaucracy. I find that economic conditions affected overall sentencing; as well as political. Anti-inquisitorial lobbying is found to be effective. Inquisitors acted to protect their co-religionists, engaged in systematic rent seeking behavior and shifted their focus when it became politically expedient. Far from being a pious Catholic institution intent on keeping religion pure, the inquisition acted as a bureaucracy like any other modern one complete with rent seeking, lobbying and politics.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Nye, John V.
School: George Mason University
School Location: United States -- Virginia
Source: DAI-A 72/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Religious history, European history, Economics
Keywords: Anti-inquisitorial lobbying, Bureaucracy, Portugal, Portugese Inquisition, Sentencings
Publication Number: 3455049
ISBN: 978-1-124-61735-0
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