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Victorian InsolvencyBankruptcy, Imprisonment for Debt, and Company Winding-up in Nineteenth-Century England$
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V. Markham Lester

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205180

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205180.001.0001

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Introduction of ‘Officialism’, 1831–1856

Introduction of ‘Officialism’, 1831–1856

(p.40) 2 Introduction of ‘Officialism’, 1831–1856
Victorian Insolvency

V. Markham Lester

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines bankruptcy law reform in England during the period from 1831 to 1856. The findings suggest that the Lord Brougham's Act of 1832 expanded the role of the government in the management of bankrupt estates and that the fundamental principle of collectivism existed during this period. The analyses also reveal that the bureaucracy that administered the bankruptcy courts was one of the largest in government during this time in terms of number of employees and cost of operation.

Keywords:   bankruptcy law, Lord Brougham, bankrupt estates, collectivism, bankruptcy courts

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