The Role of Government, 1770–1870

P. S. Atiyah

in The Rise and Fall of Freedom of Contract

Published in print November 1985 | ISBN: 9780198255277
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681578 | DOI:
The Role of Government, 1770–1870

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This chapter examines the changes in the role of the government in public administration in England during the period from 1770 to 1870 and its implications for freedom of contract. It suggests that during this period, the whole machinery of government was created virtually out of nothing and that while the role of the government in society increased the role of the individual decreased. It outlines some of the principal problems which arose in the creation of this administrative machine and its impact on the role of individual decision making in society.

Keywords: freedom of contract; England; public administration; machinery of government; decision making

Chapter.  8461 words. 

Subjects: Civil Law

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