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Dr Taylor's work explores the cultural, political, and legal dimensions of economic change in Britain since the 1700s. He has published on subjects ranging from the rise of the corporation, the early history of corporate governance, and the regulation and punishment of commercial fraud, to the history of the financial press and literary representations of commerce. His latest research explores the history of advertising in Britain in the early twentieth century.

PhD Supervision Interests

Dr Taylor is keen to hear from students researching the following areas of British history - the history of financial fraud and crime; the history of joint-stock companies and corporate governance; the history of advertising, shopping, and consumerism; other topics linking economic, social and cultural history since 1800. Do contact him if you would like to discuss your research plans.

Research Interests

Dr Taylor's first monograph, Creating Capitalism, won the 2008 Economic History Society Prize for best first monograph in Economic and Social History; his second, Shareholder Democracies (co-authored with Mark Freeman and Robin Pearson), won the Ralph Gomory Prize for best business history book of 2012. His third, Boardroom Scandal, was published by Oxford University Press in spring 2013. He has also published articles in several leading historical journals, including English Historical ReviewHistorical JournalHistorical Research, and Past & Present

His work tackles a number of overarching themes, including the relationship between morality and the market, the reliance of capitalism on the law, how trust is won, sustained, and undermined, regulation (broadly defined), and how ordinary people understand and relate to the market. Though his interests are economic, he examines economic questions from social, cultural, legal, and political perspectives. 

His current research has two strands. The first is on the rise of advertising in early twentienth-century Britain. This explores how advertising came to occupy a central place in national culture, affecting class, gender, and national identity, and shaping how people understood their roles as consumers and citizens. The second concerns the history of financial journalism in Britain since the 1820s. He is particularly interested in how the media influenced public understanding of, and engagement in, the economy. Some of his work on this topic is summarised here.  He has a chapter in the recently-published edited collection The Media and Financial Crises, which also features contributions from Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz and Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times.

You can read his policy paper 'Why have no bankers gone to jail?', published October 2013, on the History & Policy website

 

Current Teaching

Hist280: The Victorians and Before: Britain, 1783-1901

Hist281: Britain in the Twentieth Century

Hist343: Advertising and Consumerism in Britain, 1853-1960

2014

Financial crises and the birth of the financial press, 1825-1880

Taylor, J. 08/2014 The media and financial crises: comparative and historical perspectives. Routledge, p. 203-214 12 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Creating capitalism: joint-stock enterprise in British politics and culture, 1800-1870 (Paperback edition)

Taylor, J. 15/05/2014 Paperback ed. Woodbridge: Boydell Press. 266 p. (Royal Historical Society Studies in History New Series)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2013

Why have no bankers gone to jail?

Taylor, J. 7/10/2013 History & Policy

Research output: Other contribution

Privacy, publicity, and reputation: how the press regulated the market in nineteenth-century England

Taylor, J. 2013 In: Business History Review. 87, 4, p. 679-701 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Law, politics and the governance of English and Scottish joint-stock companies, 1600-1850

Freeman, M., Pearson, R. & Taylor, J. 2013 In: Business History. 55, 4, p. 636-652 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Boardroom Scandal: The Criminalization of Company Fraud in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Taylor, J. 04/2013 Oxford: Oxford University Press. 312 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2012

Review of Periodical Literature Published in 2010: 1850-1945

Taylor, J. & Bradley, K. 02/2012 In: Economic History Review. 65, 1, p. 354-367 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Shareholder Democracies?: Corporate Governance in Britain and Ireland before 1850

Freeman, M., Pearson, R. & Taylor, J. 2012 Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 360 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

'Watchdogs or Apologists? Financial Journalism and Company Fraud in Early Victorian Britain'

Taylor, J. 11/2012 In: Historical Research. 85, 230, p. 632-652 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2011

Review of Periodical Literature Published in 2009: 1850-1945

Bradley, K. & Taylor, J. 02/2011 In: Economic History Review. 64, 1, p. 289-298 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Numbers, Character and Trust in Early Victorian Britain: The Independent West Middlesex Fire and Life Assurance Company Fraud

Taylor, J. 2011 Statistics and the Public Sphere: Numbers and the People in Modern Britain, c. 1800-2000. Crook, T. & O'Hara, G. (eds.). Routledge, p. 185-202 18 p. (Routledge Studies in Modern British History)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Criminalising Fraud: Victorian Responses to Company Scandals

Taylor, J. 10/2011 In: Company Lawyer. 32, 10, p. 291-296 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2010

Review of Periodical Literature Published in 2008: 1850-1945

Bradley, K. & Taylor, J. 02/2010 In: Economic History Review. 63, 1, p. 219-227 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

2009

Between Madam Bubble and Kitty Lorimer: women investors in British and Irish stock companies.

Taylor, J., Freeman, M. & Pearson, R. 2009 Women and their Money 1700-1950. Laurence, A., Maltby, J. & Rutterford, J. (eds.). Routledge, p. 95-114 20 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2008

Politics.

Taylor, J. 2008 The Victorian Literature Handbook. Warwick, A. & Willis, M. (eds.). London: Continuum, p. 76-78 3 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2007

'Different and better?' Scottish Joint-Stock Companies and the Law, c. 1720-1845.

Freeman, M., Pearson, R. & Taylor, J. 02/2007 In: English Historical Review. 122, 495, p. 61-81 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Technological change and the governance of joint-stock enterprise in the early nineteenth century: the case of Scottish coastal shipping

Freeman, M., Pearson, R. & Taylor, J. 09/2007 In: Business History. 49, 5, p. 573-594 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

'Company fraud in Victorian Britain: the Royal British Bank scandal of 1856'.

Taylor, J. 1/06/2007 In: The English Historical Review. cxxii, 497, p. 700-724 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2006

History of the Company: The Development of the Business Corporation, 1700-1914, 8 vols

Taylor, J., Pearson, R. (ed.), Taylor, J. (ed.) & Freeman, M. (ed.) 2006 London: Pickering and Chatto. 1744 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

'A Doe in the City': Women Shareholders in Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century Britain.

Freeman, M., Pearson, R. & Taylor, J. 07/2006 In: Accounting, Business and Financial History. 16, 2, p. 265-291 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Creating Capitalism: Joint-Stock Enterprise in British Politics and Culture, 1800-1870.

Taylor, J. 2006 Woodbridge: Boydell Press. 256 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2005

Commercial fraud and public men in Victorian Britain.

Taylor, J. 05/2005 In: Historical Research. 78, 200, p. 230-252 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Business in pictures: representations of railway enterprise in the satirical press in Britain 1845-1870.

Taylor, J. 1/11/2005 In: Past & Present. 189, p. 111-145 35 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2004

The Joint Stock Company in Politics.

Taylor, J. 2004 Reform and Reformers in Nineteenth-Century Britain. Turner, M. J. (ed.). Sunderland: University of Sunderland Press, p. 99-116 18 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Public or private? The origins of the corporate economy.

Taylor, J. 2004 In: Journal of Liberal History. 44, p. 30-34 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

‘Office workers’ & ‘YMCA’

Taylor, J. 2004 The Encyclopedia of the Victorian Era. Pendergast, T. & Pendergast, S. (eds.). Danbury, Connecticut: Grolier Academic Press, Vol. 4 volu

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2001

Private property, public interest, and the role of the state in nineteenth-century Britain: the case of the lighthouses.

Taylor, J. 1/09/2001 In: Historical Journal. 44, 3, p. 749-771 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Greed: The Way They Lived Then.

Taylor, J. 12/2001 In: BBC History Magazine. 2, p. 40-42 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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