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Published: 08 September 2016

322 Pages | numerous figures and tables


ISBN: 9780198787808

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The Building Society Promise

Access, Risk, and Efficiency 1880-1939

Antoninus Samy

Oxford Historical Monographs

  • Explores the accessibility of the early building society movement to working-class households before WWII
  • Questions the commonly-held belief that building societies were champions of home ownership for the working classes
  • Contributes to ongoing debates about the optimal design of financial institutions in overcoming social exclusion in credit markets
  • Draws upon extensive archival records of several building societies for this period, taking a case study approach