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Incorporation and Company Formation in Australasia, 1790–1860

Graham, A; (2020) Incorporation and Company Formation in Australasia, 1790–1860. Australian Economic History Review , 60 (3) pp. 322-345. 10.1111/aehr.12184. Green open access

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Abstract

Nearly 260 companies were founded in and for the Australasian colonies between 1790 and 1860. A quantitative survey suggests that the patterns of incorporation mainly reflected ‘functionalist’ economic factors rather than ‘autonomous’ legal conditions, though the changing nature of company law did influence the various forms that incorporation took. In some sectors, outside factors and even historical accidents also pushed patterns of incorporation along distinct lines. The result was a tradition of adapting legal powers of incorporation to local needs which persisted beyond the introduction of modern company acts to the region in the 1860s and therefore shaped the subsequent evolution of the company in Australia and New Zealand.

Type: Article
Title: Incorporation and Company Formation in Australasia, 1790–1860
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/aehr.12184
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/aehr.12184
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Australasia; Britain; Incorporation; Regulation
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10092481
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