chapter  3
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The state’s strength and wealth

We now have a sense of the context in which counsel on trade operated, including the two key intellectual presuppositions that shaped its concerns. The first of these was the propriety of offering written counsel to the figure of the statesman, and the second was the position of the administrative state as the target of these counsels. Attention now turns to the type of actions that were recommended and how they were constructed discursively.