THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF INCLUSION: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE WORKHOUSE SYSTEM

Cosma Emilio Orsi

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Abstract

The aim of this article is to describe the rise and fall of the workhouse system in connection with the developments that took place in economic thought in the transition from mercantilism to the Classical tradition. By examining the economic debate about wages, efficiency, labor market, workers' mobility, and unemployment, we discuss whether the social policy shift epitomized by institutional reforms like the Gilbert Act (1782), the Rose Act (1793), and the Speenhamland system (1795) was accompanied and eventually inspired by a change in the perception of major political economy issues. In doing so, we review the writings of Jacob Vanderlint (d. 1740), George Berkeley (1685-1753), Malachy Postlethwayt (1707?-1767), Josiah Tucker (1713-1799), David Hume (1711-1776), and Adam Smith (1723-1790), among others. Although a direct influence by these writers cannot be proven, the originality of the present work rests on the effort to put into perspective the arguments elaborated by economic thinkers and the proposals made by social reformers so as to identify possible connections between economic theorizing and social legislation.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)453-481
Numero di pagine29
RivistaJournal of the History of Economic Thought
Volume39
DOI
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2017

Keywords

  • Inclusion
  • Inglese
  • Workhouse

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