Imagining Insurance: Risk, Thrift and Life Insurance in Britain

EMBRACING RISK, T. Baker, J. Simon, eds., University of Chicago Press, pp. 97-115, 2002

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 09/119

32 Pages Posted: 29 Dec 2009  

Pat O'Malley

The University of Sydney Law School

Date Written: October 21, 2009

Abstract

The genealogy of risk is closely linked with the development of insurance, which in turn is linked to changes in the forms of political liberalism. This paper examines shifts in this triangular relationship from the early 19th century to the present, and argues that risk has changed its forms and functions in ways that reflect its movement to centre stage at the intersection of capital and political governance.

Keywords: insurance, class, risk, uncertainty, thrift, liberalism

JEL Classification: K10, K14, K30

Suggested Citation

O'Malley, Pat, Imagining Insurance: Risk, Thrift and Life Insurance in Britain (October 21, 2009). EMBRACING RISK, T. Baker, J. Simon, eds., University of Chicago Press, pp. 97-115, 2002 ; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 09/119. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1491898

Pat O'Malley (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

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