Managing British Colonial and Post-Colonial Development: The Crown Agents, 1914-1974

Overview

Britain's Crown Agents' Office is a unique development agency. Until the early 1960s, its clients were colonial governments, and, thereafter, the administrations of dependencies and newly independent countries. As well as purchasing a large proportion of its customers' imports, it provided them with finance and managed their investments. It was thus one of the largest buyers of goods in the UK, and, after, the Bank of England, the country's biggest financial institution. This book, the sequel to the author's ...

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Overview

Britain's Crown Agents' Office is a unique development agency. Until the early 1960s, its clients were colonial governments, and, thereafter, the administrations of dependencies and newly independent countries. As well as purchasing a large proportion of its customers' imports, it provided them with finance and managed their investments. It was thus one of the largest buyers of goods in the UK, and, after, the Bank of England, the country's biggest financial institution. This book, the sequel to the author's Managing the British Empire: The Crown Agents, 1833 -1914 (Boydell, 2004), examines the Agents' various development roles, including the disastrous venture into secondary banking in 1967 which collapsed in 1974, then the largest bankruptcy in British financial history. The book contributes to a number of current debates in development studies, adds to our understanding of the London financial market and the competitiveness of British industry, and shows how present day aid agencies can learn much from the arrangements of the past.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843833017
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/21/2007
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents


List of figures and tables     vi
Acknowledgements     ix
Abbreviations     xi
Introduction     1
The public issue of loans     9
Other sources of finance     42
The management of colonial investment Funds     69
The management of the Joint Colonial Fund and the Joint Miscellaneous Fund     97
The cost of supplies     115
Procurement from the early 1960s and delivery delays     143
Miscellaneous roles     160
The move into secondary banking     179
The collapse of the secondary banking venture     221
Conclusion     241
Appendices
The Crown Agents, 1920-74     254
Market finance, 1914-68     256
Non-market finance, 1920-65     260
1954 Investment Funds, Wartime gifts and loans, 1936 procurement and 1954 colonial appointments     265
Crown Agents' own account activities     269
FMI investment in associated companies, 1969-74     270
Bibliography     279
Index     287
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