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Automatic Poverty

1st Edition

By Bill Jordan


206 pages

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pub: 2018-07-12
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Originally published in 1981, Automatic Poverty provides a much-needed alternative to the Radical Right’s analysis. The book argues that Britain’s economic decline is symptomatic of an advanced stage of industrialisation in which productive processes are increasingly mechanised, but output remains static. Under these circumstances workers become redundant, the income of the working class diminishes, and dependence on the state increases. The ‘Ricardo phenomenon’ has become long-term feature of the British economy, and the author shows that neither Keynesian nor monetarist policies can remedy its consequences. It reflects a critical stage in the development of capitalism.

Table of Contents



Part I

1. The Problem of Economic Growth

2. Social Consequences of the Problem

Part II

3. Economic Policy 1964-70

4. Economic Policy 1970-9

5. The New Conservatism

Part III

6. Social Policy 1964-70

7. Social Policy 1970-9

8. Social Control

Part IV

9. The New Conservatives and Social Policy

10. Alternative Futures



About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Welfare and the State

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1940 and 1994, draw together research by leading academics in the area of welfare and the state, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volume examines the concepts of welfare in relation to the state through the areas of policy making, social administration, class division and social inequality, social policy and privatization, whilst also exploring the general principles and practices of the welfare state in various countries. This set will be of particular interest to students of sociology, politics, economics, social work respectively.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General