CLACS seminar series: '"Our delivery consists in appointing good ministers": corruption and the dilemmas of appointing government officials in early eighteenth-century Spanish America'
|Dates:||29 October 2014|
|Times:||17:00 - 18:30|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Current University students|
|Speaker:||Dr Francisco Eissa-Barroso|
Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies seminar series. Venue: Samuel Alexander Building A214.
The paper analyses changing understandings of corruption in the early modern Spanish world and the Crown's attempts at bringing under control viceroys and governors who saw their terms in office as opportunities for accumulating private wealth. It explores the contradictory policies adopted by a central administration which sought to put an end to corrupt practices but continued to use appointments as rewards, explicitly intended as opportunities for appointees to enrich themselves. The paper suggests that by the midyears of the eighteenth century royal appointees serving in the Americas continued to amass large personal fortunes but had become better at dissimulating them, thus avoiding accusations of corruption.
Dr Francisco Eissa-Barroso
Role: Lecturer in Latin American History
Organisation: The University of Manchester
Travel and Contact Information
Samuel Alexander Building