'Shareholder Democracies?' Corporate Governance in Britain, c. 1720-1844
Mark Freeman, Robin Pearson and James Taylor
Department of History, University of Hull

The project






Staff on the 'Shareholder Democracies?' project

The principal investigator is Robin Pearson, Professor of Economic History at the University of Hull. His interests lie in the fields of modern business, economic, financial and urban history. His most recent book is Insuring the Industrial Revolution: Fire Insurance in Great Britain, 1700-1850 (Ashgate, 2004), which won the Wadsworth Prize for Business History. He has also published widely on aspects of the British and European insurance industry and on themes such as financial services innovation, capital formation, corporate governance, business networking and moral hazard in a range of international journals including Economic History Review, Explorations in Economic History, Journal of European Economic History, Business History Review, Financial History Review and Business History. Other ongoing research projects include British and European exports of insurance to the United States 1850-1920; networking during the industrial revolution (with David Richardson, University of Hull); and 'The development of international structures in the insurance economy during the 19th and the 20th centuries' (with an international team led by Prof.Dr. Peter Borscheid, Philipps-University Marburg, Germany, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation). Email R.Pearson@hull.ac.uk.

Dr Mark Freeman is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economic and Social History, University of Glasgow, and an Associate Member of the Centre for Business History in Scotland. From 2003 to 2005 he worked as a Research Associate on the 'Shareholder Democracies' project. He has also held Research Fellowships at the Institute of Historical Research and the University of York. He has worked on rural history, the history of poverty and social research, adult education and modern British Quakerism. He is the author of Social Investigation and Rural England 1870-1914 (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2003), The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust: A Study in Quaker Philanthropy and Adult Education 1904-1954 (York: William Sessions, 2004) and a number of articles on modern British social and economic history. Email M.Freeman@arts.gla.ac.uk.

Dr James Taylor is a Lecturer in the Department of History, University of Lancaster. From 2003 to 2005 he worked as a Research Associate on the 'Shareholder Democracies' project. Previously, he was Tawney Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research. His work explores a number of themes including representations of commercial activity in popular culture, the impact of business fraud on Victorian society, and the role of the state in modern Britain. He has articles either published or forthcoming in a number of academic journals including Past and Present, Historical Journal, English Historical Review, and Historical Research. He is author of Creating Capitalism: Joint-Stock Enterprise in British Politics and Culture, 1800-1870 (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2006). Email james.taylor@lancaster.ac.uk.

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