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Virtuous banking: the role of the community in monitoring English joint-stock banks and their managements in the nineteenth century

Newton, L. A. and Barnes, V. (2016) Virtuous banking: the role of the community in monitoring English joint-stock banks and their managements in the nineteenth century. In: Akrivou, K. and Sison, J. G. (eds.) The Challenges of Capitalism for Virtue: Ethics and the Common Good. Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, pp. 62-74. ISBN 9781784717902

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To link to this item DOI: 10.4337/9781784717919.00011

Abstract/Summary

This chapter explores the activity of English joint-stock banks, as a precursor to the modern corporation, in the provision of credit in the first half of the nineteenth century. It employs new archival data from bank archives to show that while these firms did not have full corporate attributes, they exhibited new governance and managerial structures. It finds that the changes in organisational form did not result in a new revolutionary way to assess loan applicants. The decision to lend remained based upon informal information gathering through commercial networks as well as upon subjective measures, such as the personality or character of the applicant.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Law
Henley Business School > International Business and Strategy
ID Code:66698
Uncontrolled Keywords:Banks, nineteenth century, UK, virtue, common good, community
Publisher:Edward Elgar

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