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Pauper Policies: Poor Law Practice in England, 1780-1850

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ISBN13: 9781526135674
To be Published: November 2018
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2017)
Price: £25.00
Hardback edition , ISBN13 9780719089633



Pauper policies examines how policies under the old and New Poor Laws were conceived, adopted, implemented, developed or abandoned. This fresh perspective reveals significant aspects of poor law history which have been overlooked by scholars. Important new research is presented on the adoption and implementation of 'enabling acts' at the end of the old poor laws; the exchange of knowledge about how best to provide poor relief in the final decades of the old poor law and formative decades of the New; and the impact of national scandals on policy-making in the new Victorian system. Pointing towards a new direction in the study of poor law administration, it examines how people, both those in positions of power and the poor, could shape pauper policies. It is essential reading for anyone with an interest in welfare and poverty in eighteenth and nineteenth-century England.

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Subjects:
Legal History
Contents:
1. Introduction: Pauper policies
2. A policy process approach to the poor laws
3. Gilbert's Act workhouses for the vulnerable
4. Restricting relief: the impact of Sturges Bourne's reforms
5. Policies from knowledge networks
6. Policies from scandal
7. Conclusion: Reform and innovation
Appendix
Select bibliography
Index