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The historical role of the corporation in society

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This article charts the historical role of the corporation in society from antiquity to the present day. Using a broad temporal and transnational approach, it argues that social purpose has been a defining trait of the corporation since the concept of legal personhood first appeared in antiquity. The direct connection between incorporation and social purpose formally broke in the nineteenth century, when countries like the United Kingdom and United States introduced general incorporation laws...

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Published
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Peer reviewed
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10.5871/jba/006s1.017

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Humanities Division
Department:
History
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Social Sciences Division
Department:
Said Business School
Oxford college:
Brasenose College
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Social Sciences Division
Department:
Said Business School
Role:
Author
Publisher:
British Academy Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal of the British Academy Journal website
Volume:
6
Issue:
s1
Pages:
17-47
Publication date:
2018-12-17
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ISSN:
2052-7217
Pubs id:
pubs:957321
URN:
uri:061223ec-be77-4c78-9760-b97daa20fb54
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uuid:061223ec-be77-4c78-9760-b97daa20fb54
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pubs:957321

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