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Normative practices, narrative fallacies? International reinsurance and its history

Pearson, Robin

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Abstract

Reinsurance is often characterised as a business built on personal relationships, goodwill and mutual trust. However, at different times in its history observers have warned that technological and other changes threaten the survival of normative practices in the industry. This article investigates what was involved in the micro-business of reinsurance and how that business changed since its early days. It raises questions about the characterization of normative reinsurance practice and about the role of memory in the assessment of continuity and change.

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Pearson, R. (in press). Normative practices, narrative fallacies? International reinsurance and its history. Business history, https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1808885

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 25, 2020
Online Publication Date Aug 28, 2020
Deposit Date Oct 22, 2020
Publicly Available Date Oct 27, 2022
Journal Business History
Print ISSN 0007-6791
Electronic ISSN 1743-7938
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2020.1808885
Keywords Insurance; Reinsurance; Social capital; Narrative fallacies; Financial history
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/3624103
Publisher URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00076791.2020.1808885?journalCode=fbsh20

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