Conceiving Companies: Joint Stock Politics in Victorian England

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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.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of abbreviations
1 Introduction: companies and states 1
Pt. I Sovereign companies
2 Democratic despot: the East India Company, 1783-1858 21
3 Reluctant sovereign: the Bank of England, 1797-1875 53
Pt. II Joint-stock banks
4 "Representatives of the people": the politics of joint-stock banking, 1826-44 85
5 Shifting gears: the rise of deposit banking, 1844-80 116
6 "Doing enormous things": national banks, 1880-1914 141
Pt. III Railways
7 Early railways and the machinery of joint-stock politics 173
8 Railway republics and bureaucratic visions, 1860-75 201
9 Railways against democracy, 1875-1914 225
10 Conclusion: going public 257
Notes 261
Bibliography 268
Index 290
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