Corporatism and Consensus in Florentine Electoral Politics, by John M. Najemy

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10. , p. " 11. , pp. 113-14. 12. , pp. 123, 130, 135-36. Electoral Debates in the Early Republic, 1280-1292 23 corporate bodies were in the mind of the speaker in the August debate who wanted the participation of thirty-two guilds in the election, but his proposal does suggest the radical potential of these expansionist tendencies. It is essential to recall that the figure of twenty-one guilds, traditionally associated with the Florentine corporations, was not formally fixed until 1293. Until that time, and even for a while thereafter, there were dozens of more or less organized corporate bodies, each aspiring to a political role.

IS. , p. 97. On Buonaccorso degli Elisei and the interpretation of his extraordinary proposal, see Ottokar, I1 Comune di Firenze, pp. 22, 30. "j All these electoral plans were rejected, as were many others, more moderate than these, which simply advanced the idea that the independently elected consuls of either the seven or the twelve major guilds should enjoy a preponderant influence in the election of the Fourteen. The moderate proposals involved, to one degree or another, the same basic principles of guild autonomy and equality found in the more radical plans, and it was almost certainly for this reason that even they were rejected so regularly.

36 Corporatism and Consensus in Florentine Electoral Politics one of its members in that office at a time. The consuls of each of the twelve guilds would nominate six members of their own guild, one from each of the city's sesti, thus assuring an equal number of candidates from each guild. The resulting seventy-two candidates would then be voted on by the council of the capitudini (the guild consuls) and the savi. 37 Compagni's plan was somewhat less radical than Dino Pecora's for several reasons.

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