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This page considers questions about personal/corporate
bankruptcy in the information economy.
It covers -
rating and referencing
In the interim a discussion of personal referencing services
is provided here.
Corporate rating services are discussed here.
In contrast to the very extensive literature for practitioners
there is surprisingly little historical or theoretical
writing about bankruptcy in Australia, the UK, US and
For an overview of the US regime see Debt's Dominion:
A History of Bankruptcy Law In America (Princeton:
Princeton Uni Press 2001) by David Skeel, Born Losers:
A History of Failure in America (Cambridge: Harvard
Uni Press 2005) by Scott Sandage, As We Forgive Our
Debtors: Bankruptcy and Consumer Credit in America
(Oxford: Oxford Uni Press 1989) by Theresa Sullivan, Elizabeth
Warren & Jay Westbrook, Comparative Consumer Bankruptcy
(Durham: Carolina Academic Press 2007) by Jason Kilborn
and Financing the American Dream: A Cutural History
of Consumer Credit (Princeton: Princeton Uni Press
1991) by Lendol Calder.
Historical background is provided in Victorian Insolvency:
Bankruptcy, Imprisonment for Debt, and Company Winding-Up
in Nineteenth Century England (Oxford: Oxford Uni
Press 1995) by V Markam Lester, Charles Warren's Bankruptcy
in United States History (Cambridge: Harvard Uni