Robust Action and the Rise of the Medici, 1400-1434

  title={Robust Action and the Rise of the Medici, 1400-1434},
  author={John F. Padgett and Christopher Ansell},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={1259 - 1319}
We analyze the centralization of political parties and elite networks that underlay the birth of the Renaissance state in Florence. Class revolt and fisical crisis were the ultimate causes of elite consolidation, but Medicean political control was produced by means of network disjunctures within the elite, which the Medici alone spanned. Cosimo de' Medici's multivocal identity as sphinx harnessed the power available in these network holes and resolved the contradiction between judge and boss… 
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