Keywords: Consiglio dell’industria e del commercio; Ministry of agriculture; Chambers of Commerce; history of Italian public administration; Italian Liberal State.
Established in 1869, the Consiglio dell’industria e del commercio (Council of Industry and
Commerce) was an advisory body of the Ministry of agriculture, destined to become a vehicle of
mediation and representation of economic interests through the State administration itself. This
role was actually played, as proved by documents at the Archivio centrale dello Stato in Rome testifying
to its tireless activity of trait d’union between politics and productive activities. Unable to
find its place in a public administration deeply modified after the First World War, the Council was
definitely abolished in 1913.