1st Edition

Work and Wealth (Routledge Revivals)
A Human Valuation





ISBN 9780415602471
Published May 15, 2011 by Routledge
368 Pages

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First published in 1914 and reissued with a new introduction in 1992, Work and Wealth is a seminal vision of Hobson's liberal utopian ideals, which desired to demonstrate how economic and social reform could transform existing society into one in which the majority of the population, as opposed to a small elite, could find fulfillment.

Hobson attacked conventional economic wisdom which made a division between the cost of production and the utility derived from consumption. Far from being necesarily arduous, Hobson argued that work had the potential to bring about immense utility and enrichment. The qualitative, humanist work argues in favour of a new form of capitalism to minimise cost and maximise utility. 

Table of Contents

1. The Human Standard of Value  2. The Human Origins of Industry  3. Real Income: Cost and Utility  4. The Creative Factor in Production  5. Human Costs of Industry  6. The reign of the Machine  7. The Distribution of Human Costs  8. Human Costs in the Supply of Capital  9. Human Utility of Consumption  10. Class Standards of Consumption  11. Sport, Culture and Charity  12. The Human Law of Distribution  13. The Human Claims of Labour  14. Scientific Management  15. The Distribution of Leisure  16. The Reconstruction of Industry  17. The Nation and the World  18. Social Harmony in Economic Life  19. Individual Motives to Social Service  20. The Social Will as an Economic Force  21. Personal and Social Efficiency  22. Social Science and Social Art

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