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Unemployment Relief in Great Britain
A Study in State Socialism

ISBN 9780367179540
Published August 31, 2020 by Routledge
226 Pages

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Book Description

Originally published in 1924, Unemployment Relief in Great Britain takes up the history of unemployment relief in Great Britain, focusing on the after effects of the post-war period and the Great Depression. Primarily, the book provides a detailed study of England’s experience with compulsory unemployment insurance and public employment exchanges. The book provides an intriguing study that will appeal to sociologists and historians alike, adeptly weaving practical aspects of the insurance acts, and the administration of employment exchanges.

Table of Contents

1. The Origin of the Employment Exchange System

2. The Advent of State-Operated Unemployment Insurance

3. Unemployment Insurance During the War and Demobilization

4. The Act of 1920 and the Beginnings of Insurance by Industry

5. The Degeneration of State-Operated Unemployment Insurance

6. Indictments from the Depression Period

7. The Justification of the British System

8. The Work of the Employment Exchanges

9. The Burden of the Exchanges

10. The Lesson for the Future


1. The Scope of Compulsory Unemployment Insurance

2. Sections of the Act of 1920 Initiating Insurance by Industry

3. Sample Decision by the Umpire

4. Specimen Sheet of National Clearing-House Gazette

5. "Productive" Relief Work in Post-War Germany

6. Emergency Unemployment Measures in Great Britain



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