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Industrializing English Law: Entrepreneurship and Business Organization 1720 - 1844

Ron HarrisTel-Aviv University

ISBN13: 9780521662758
ISBN: 0521662753
Published: July 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £62.00

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Between the passage of the Bubble Act in 1720 and the sweeping reforms of the General Incorporation Act of 1844, the legal framework of business organization in England remained remarkably stagnant despite the profound economic and structural changes wrought by the Industrial Revolution.

This book analyzes why this discrepancy occurred, especially when other nations of that time, whose economies were far less developed, were evolving more permissive laws of business organization. Employing extensive primary source archival material, Ron Harris shows how the institutional development of major forms of business organization - the business corporation, the partnership, the trust, the unincorporated joint-stock company - evolved and how English law finally took account of these developments.

Legal History
1. The legal framework
Part I. Before 1720:
2. The pre-1720 business corporation
3. The Bubble Act, its passage and its effects
Part II.
4. Two distinct paths of organizational development: transport and insurance
5. The joint-stock business corporation
6. Trusts, partnerships, and the unincorporated company
7. The progress of the joint-stock organization
Part III.
8. The attitudes of the business community
9. The joint-stock company in court
10. The joint-stock company in parliament.