German Kameralist, from New Latin cameralista, from Medieval Latin cameralis + Latin -ista (“-ist”), from camera (“chamber”) (English camera), from Ancient Greek καμάρα (kamara). Sense is due to administrators in the royal chamber; compare political sense of cabinet.
cameralist (plural cameralists)
- A public administrative servant of continental rulers of the 17th and 18th centuries who was a mercantilist and advocated economic policies tending to strengthen the position of the ruler.
- (economics) An economist who strongly emphasizes political factors in recommending economic policy.