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Automatic Poverty

By Bill Jordan Copyright 1981
    212 Pages
    by Routledge

    212 Pages
    by Routledge

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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.



    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




    Bill Jordan