A Social History of Company Law: Great Britain and the Australian Colonies 1854-1920
By: Rob McQueen (author)Hardback
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The history of incorporations legislation and its administration is intimately tied to changes in social beliefs in respect to the role and purpose of the corporation. By studying the evolution of the corporate form in Britain and a number of its colonial possessions, the book illuminates debates on key concepts including the meanings of laissez faire, freedom of commerce, the notion of corporate responsibility and the role of the state in the regulation of business. In doing so, A Social History of Company Law advances our understanding of the shape, effectiveness and deficiencies of modern regulatory regimes, and will be of much interest to a wide circle of scholars.
Professor Rob McQueen is based in School of Law at Griffith University, Australia.
Contents: Introduction; Social attitudes to company law: 1720a "1855; Christian Socialism and the debate on limited liability; The reasons for the enactment of, and the form taken by, English limited liability legislation,1855a "1856; The first 15 years of limited liability company legislation in England 1855a "1870; The 1870s and early 1880s: the growing acceptability of limited liability incorporation; The consolidation of company law 1886a "1914; Limited liability company legislation in the colonies: the Australian experience 1864a "1920; Conclusions; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.
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