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

Paperback | July 18, 2002

byGeorge Robb

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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.

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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....

Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:July 18, 2002Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521526124

ISBN - 13:9780521526128

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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.