Problems of Modern Industry by Sidney WebbProblems of Modern Industry by Sidney Webb

Problems of Modern Industry

bySidney Webb

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII THE REFORM OF THE POOR LAW1 Few persons appear adequately to realise the political instability of the existing system of Poor Law Relief. Its present administration is a nicely balanced mean between the indiscriminate generosity of the Old Poor Law and the scientific rigour intended by the more extreme advocates of the New. The present equilibrium, by which the total amount of pauperism is, at any rate, kept from increase, is the result of the almost innumerable experiments of the great measure which Lord Althorp in 1834 triumphantly piloted through a bewildered House of Commons.2 That measure, carried by the Whig respect for the metaphysical economists of the time, and by the argumentative power of the great Report of 1834, has never received the support, or even the assent, of the great mass of the wage-earning class, now for the first time becoming effectually enfranchised. It did more than anything else to promote the growth of militant Chartism. For fifteen years after its enactment the popular clamour never ceased against the iron bonds in which the Reformed Parliament had encased the nation's collective provision for the destitute and the infirm. Then came, leaping and bounding, the time of relative prosperity and political subsidence of the English proletariat, and a new generation grew up, to whom the Old Poor Law, like the enclosed commons and the lapsed charities, was but a vague tradition of extinguished public rights. But such traditions linger long and bitterly; and the agricultural labourer, in particular, still sullenly resents his dependence on the good pleasure of an absentee board, composed of his masters, for the weekly dole of outdoor relief which forms his almost inevitable portion in old age. The town...
Title:Problems of Modern IndustryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:92 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.19 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217035264

ISBN - 13:9780217035262