What did Bosses (in London Construction) do?

  • Judy Z. StephensonEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)


The question and debate about processes of pre-industrial management are highly relevant to understanding organisation of the building industry in the long eighteenth century. As will be apparent by now, large institutions chose to pay middlemen, contractors, or entrepreneurs, a significant share of scarce public funds in order not to have to manage production. This chapter considers the activities of early modern business contractors to calculate their costs of operating.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bartlett, University College LondonLondonUK

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