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Palgrave Studies in the History of Economic Thought Series

Imperial Theory and Colonial Pragmatism

Charles Harper, Economic Development and Agricultural Co-operation in Australia

Authors: Gilchrist, David J.

  • Of interest to historians of economic thought, British Imperial history, Australian economic and political history, and comparative economic and agricultural history
  • Highlights Harper’s significance in Western Australian parliamentary development, commerce, agriculture and journalism 
  • Reviews the transplantation of co-operative ideals to a distant shore through the agency of a conservative ‘capitalist’
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This book considers the role played by co-operative agriculture as a critical economic model which, in Australia, helped build public capital, drive economic development and impact political arrangements. In the case of colonial Western Australia, the story of agricultural co-operation is inseparable from that of the story of Charles Harper. Harper was a self-starting, pioneering frontiersman who became a political, commercial and agricultural leader in the British Empire’s most isolated colony during the second half of the Victorian era. He was convinced of the successful economic future of Western Australia but also pragmatic enough to appreciate that the unique challenges facing the colony were only going to be resolved by the application of unorthodox thinking.

Using Harper’s life as a foil, this book examines Imperial economic thinking in relation to the co-operative form of economic organisation, the development of public capital, and socialism. It uses this discussion to demonstrate the transfer of socialistic ideas from the centre of the Empire to the farthest reaches of the Antipodes where they were used to provide a rhetorical crutch in support of purely pragmatic co-operative establishments.

About the authors

David Gilchrist is Professor at the UWA Business School, University of Western Australia, Australia. He researches in the areas of economic history, public policy and financial reporting, including in relation to public sector and Nonprofit sector reform. Gilchrist has held a number of senior roles in the not-for-profit, commercial and public sectors. He has taught accounting and finance at the London School of Economics and Portsmouth University in the UK, as well as at Curtin University and Edith Cowan University in Australia. He was Associate Dean of the School of Business, University of Notre Dame Australia and Adjunct Professor of Non-profit Leadership at that institution.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • The Long Stagnation

    Gilchrist, David J.

    Pages 1-21

  • Visions of English Co-operation in the Victorian Age: Western Australia’s Intellectual Inheritance

    Gilchrist, David J.

    Pages 23-70

  • Imperial Demands, Local Imperatives

    Gilchrist, David J.

    Pages 71-86

  • Charles Harper—A Life

    Gilchrist, David J.

    Pages 87-140

  • Bending Co-operation to the Western Australian Economic Problem

    Gilchrist, David J.

    Pages 141-162

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
price for Brazil (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-62325-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for Brazil
  • ISBN 978-3-319-62324-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Imperial Theory and Colonial Pragmatism
Book Subtitle
Charles Harper, Economic Development and Agricultural Co-operation in Australia
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of Economic Thought Series
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-62325-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-62325-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-62324-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 267
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