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Published by Thoemmes Continuum .
Written in English


  • Economics,
  • Population & demography,
  • Poverty,
  • Social Science,
  • Sociology,
  • General,
  • Social Science / General,
  • Sociology - General

Book details:

The Physical Object
Number of Pages320
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL11906103M
ISBN 101843714299
ISBN 109781843714293

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The Poor Law had a profound impact on English society. Designed to reform the poor as much as to relieve poverty, it also shaped institutions of government and determined people's expectations and. Book Description. Few measures, if any, could claim to have had a greater impact on British society than the poor law. As a comprehensive system of relieving those in need, the poor law provided relief for a significant proportion of the population but influenced the behaviour of a much larger group that lived at or near the margins of poverty. A general policy consensus among classical economists sought Poor Law reform, which would guarantee recipients a state of “less eligibility”—i.e., a state no more attractive than the poorest paid worker. Like most of his fellow economists in the s, Mill supported workhouses because they helped to limit population growth. But over time he took a far more radical position, endorsing Author: Joseph Persky. The late Elizabethan Poor Laws contained a series of measures that addressed how assistance should be given to the kinds of poor people we have considered in previous chapters.

The earliest medieval Poor Law was the Ordinance of Labourers which was issued by King Edward III of England on 18 June , and revised in The ordinance was issued in response to the – outbreak of the Black Death in England, when an estimated 30–40% of the population had died. The decline in population left surviving workers in great demand in the agricultural economy of.   In , a year-old British economist anonymously published a lengthy pamphlet criticizing the views of the Utopians who believed that life could and would definitely improve for . The Elizabethan poor laws of and incorporated the idea of setting the poor to work, to be funded by an annual local tax. Parishes were permitted to acquire a stock of materials for employing paupers. In the case of textiles, for example, a parish might buy wool and then insist that poor people spin it into yarn in exchange for a small. The Poor Law was the way that the poor were helped in Population and migration Living and working conditions Railways

The failure of the English Poor Laws A shared problem 2. Bentham’s Solution Necessity of Relief Quantity and Quality of Relief Conditions of Relief The administration of Relief Population, Wages and the Poor Law Birth Control 3. Buy Poverty and Poor Law Reform in Nineteenth-Century Britain, From Chadwick to Booth (Seminar Studies In History) 1 by Englander, David (ISBN: ) from Amazon's Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible s: Modelled on the new English poor law of , this act introduced a nationwide system of poor relief based on the workhouse and financed by a local property tax. The poor law remained the primary form of poor relief in Ireland until the s, and in Northern Ireland until after the Second World War. Two new books—one a provocative, deeply researched history and the other an affecting memoir—are well timed to help make better sense of the plight of struggling whites in the United States.