Private Prerogative, Public Purpose: Political Entrepreneurship and Management in Frederick the Great's Anti-Machiavel

Journal of Private Enterprise, Forthcoming

34 Pages Posted: 21 Mar 2018 Last revised: 20 Oct 2019

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Alexander William Salter

Texas Tech University - Rawls College of Business; American Institute for Economic Research

Date Written: October 18, 2019

Abstract

I contribute to the literature on public entrepreneurship and management by analyzing the role of the political entrepreneur in Frederick the Great’s Anti-Machiavel. Frederick the Great (Frederick II of Prussia) is best known for turning Prussia into an international power during the mid- to late-18th century. His perspective on governance contains many valuable insights into the nature of political entrepreneurship, the institutions within which it occurs, and its effects on material prosperity. I detail key points from Anti-Machiavel that can advance scholarship on political entrepreneurship, and conclude by discussing how Frederick’s insights into political entrepreneurship can be put to work.

Keywords: Cameralism, enlightened absolutism, entrepreneurship, Frederick the Great, political entrepreneurship, public administration

JEL Classification: B11, H11, M1, P16

Suggested Citation

Salter, Alexander William, Private Prerogative, Public Purpose: Political Entrepreneurship and Management in Frederick the Great's Anti-Machiavel (October 18, 2019). Journal of Private Enterprise, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3141347 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3141347

Alexander William Salter (Contact Author)

Texas Tech University - Rawls College of Business ( email )

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