The Proper Trust of Liberty: The American War of Independence, Economical Reform and the Constitutional Protections of Accounting

Funnell, W.N. (2008) The Proper Trust of Liberty: The American War of Independence, Economical Reform and the Constitutional Protections of Accounting. Accounting History, 13 (1). pp. 7-32. ISSN 1032-3732. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Prior to the nineteenth century the more lucrative public offices under the direct control of the Crown as part of the civil list were given as sinecures to favoured individuals. The use of these sinecures, pensions and other valuable appointments provided the Crown with the means by which it could buy influence and, thereby, undermine the constitutional authority and independence of parliament. In the main, civilian officers of the Crown were not accountable to parliament. Financial accountability for spending on the civil list was sporadic, without sufficient enforcement mechanisms and, therefore, a threat to the liberty of all “Englishmen". The financial and political strains that the American War of Independence placed upon England, combined with the abuse of patronage privileges by the Crown, provoked a movement for economical reform, most often associated with Edmund Burke, which sought the reform of both the civil list and executive accounts as protections for liberty. Crucial to convincing the government of the urgency of reform were reports from the Commissioners for Examining the Public Accounts.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Depositing User: Jennifer Knapp
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2010 10:25
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2012 11:25
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/25420 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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