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Britain's Political Economies Parliament and Economic Life, 1660-1800

Hoppit, J; (2017) Britain's Political Economies Parliament and Economic Life, 1660-1800. Cambridge University Press Green open access

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Abstract

The Glorious Revolution of 1688–9 transformed the role of parliament in Britain and its empire. Large numbers of statutes resulted, with most concerning economic activity. Julian Hoppit here provides the first comprehensive account of these acts, revealing how government affected economic life in this critical period prior to the Industrial Revolution, and how economic interests across Britain used legislative authority for their own benefit. Through a series of case studies, he shows how ideas, interests, and information influenced statutory action in practice. Existing frameworks such as 'mercantilism' and the 'fiscal-military state' fail to capture the full richness and structural limitations of how political power influenced Britain's precocious economic development in the period. Instead, finely grained statutory action was the norm, guided more by present needs than any grand plan, with regulatory ambitions constrained by administrative limitations, and some parts of Britain benefiting much more than others.

Type: Book
Title: Britain's Political Economies Parliament and Economic Life, 1660-1800
ISBN: 1107015251
ISBN-13: 9781107015258
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/9781139057875
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1017/9781139057875
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript of chapter 3 of this publication. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: History
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1560067
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