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Navigating Failure: Bankruptcy and Commercial Society in Antebellum America
The culture of American capitalism and one of its most enduring features - bankruptcy The "self-made" man is a familiar figure in nineteenth-century American history. But the relentless expansion ofExpand
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Government and Markets: Toward a New Theory of Regulation
Introduction Part I. Beyond Market Failure: 1. Government failure vs. market failure: principles of regulation Joseph E. Stiglitz 2. Effective regulation through credible cost-benefit analysis: theExpand
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Understanding Public Risk Perception and Responses to Changes in Perceived Risk
This chapter will introduce scholars and policy-makers interested in the public’s perception of risk and its effect on individual and collective responses to some psychological literature on theseExpand
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Vulture Capitalism in Antebellum America: The 1841 Federal Bankruptcy Act and the Exploitation of Financial Distress
There is, on an average, annually wrecked upon the Florida coast, about fifty vessels…. The great destruction of property consequent upon this state of things, and the hope of gain, have induced aExpand
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Private Cops on the Fraud Beat: The Limits of American Business Self-Regulation, 1895-1932
Abstract From the late 1890s through the 1920s, a new set of nonprofit, business-funded organizations spearheaded an American campaign against commercial duplicity. These new organizations shaped theExpand
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The Marketplace of Revolution: How Consumer Politics Shaped American Independence
"If you owe the bank ten thousand dollars, the bank owns you. If you owe the bank a million dollars, you own the bank." So goes an old saw about the implications of debt for power relations in modernExpand
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American Better Business Bureaus, the Truth-in-Advertising Movement, and the Complexities of Legitimizing Business Self-Regulation over the Long Term
This essay considers the question of how strategies of legitimatizing private regulatory governance evolve over the long term. It focuses on the century-long history of the American Better BusinessExpand
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