ISBN-10:
0521526124
ISBN-13:
9780521526128
Pub. Date:
07/18/2002
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
White-Collar Crime in Modern England: Financial Fraud and Business Morality, 1845-1929 / Edition 1

White-Collar Crime in Modern England: Financial Fraud and Business Morality, 1845-1929 / Edition 1

by George RobbGeorge Robb

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Overview

In the period between the 1840s and the 1920s the British economy was transformed, from small-scale capitalism dominated by individual traders and partnerships to a complex financial structure dominated by large, joint-stock companies. The tremendous growth of big business created a world of new opportunities for criminal exploitation. The promotion and management of public companies and the trading of commercial securities proved vulnerable to the white-collar crimes of fraud and embezzlement. Problems of financial fraud were exacerbated by a climate of laissez-faire which championed the most permissive commercial legislation in the world, and white-collar crime wreaked havoc on the modern British economy. This new book examines the spread of white-collar crime from the Victorian period to the early twentieth century and offers a new perspective on modern scandals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521526128
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 07/18/2002
Edition description: FIRST/REPRINT
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.02(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of tables; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. The new economy: transformation of finance and opportunities for crime; 2. The railway mania; 3. Banking and credit fraud; 4. Stock fraud; 5. Company fraud: promotion; 6. Company fraud: management; 7. Company law and the courts; 8. Business ethics and professionalization; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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