Laissez Faire and State Intervention in Nineteenth-Century Britain

  title={Laissez Faire and State Intervention in Nineteenth-Century Britain},
  author={John Bartlet Brebner},
  journal={The Journal of Economic History},
  pages={59 - 73}
  • J. Brebner
  • Published 1 January 1948
  • History, Economics
  • The Journal of Economic History
Seven or eight years ago our Association and its common-law bride, the Committee for Research in Economic History, earnestly set about producing offspring. One cluster of them, it was expected, would look like examples of laissez faire in the United States. In 1943 we inspected these infants in the form of four papers read at our annual meeting; more recently they have been maturing into books. And now we are obliged to acknowledge that they have disappointed the anticipations of their parents… 

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