Conceiving Companies: Joint-stock Politics in Victorian England

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Psychology Press, 1998 - Business & Economics - 297 pages

Questions concerning the relationships and boundaries between 'private' business and 'public' government are of great and perennial concern to economists, economic and business historians, political scientists and historians.Conceiving Companies discusses the birth and development of joint-stock companies in 19th century England, an area of great importance to the history of this subject. Alborn takes a new approach to the rise of large scale companies in Victorian England, including the Bank of England and East India Company and Victorian railways, locating their origins in political and social practice. He offers a new perspective on an issue of great significance, not only for historians, but for political scientists and economists.

 

Contents

the East India Company 17831858
21
the Bank of England 17971875
53
Repoliticizing credit 184475
70
beyond the Bank of England
79
the politics of jointstock
85
the rise of deposit banking 184480
116
national banks 18801914
141
Early railways and the machinery of jointstock politics
173
Railway republics and bureaucratic visions 186075
201
Railways against democracy 18751914
225
going public
257
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Timothy L. Alborn is Associate Professor of History and Social Studies at Harvard University. He has published articles on economic language and culture, and on the history of science, in journals including Victorian Studies, Science in Context, and History of Political Economy.