Introduction of ‘Officialism’, 1831–1856

V. Markham Lester

in Victorian Insolvency

Published in print February 1995 | ISBN: 9780198205180
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676536 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

Introduction of ‘Officialism’, 1831–1856

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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

Chapter.  19011 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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