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Pauvreté et assistance aux pauvres dans l’œuvre de Roscher


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  • Patrick Mardellat


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    The assistance freely granted to the poor is essential to the definition of poverty, according to Roscher. Drawing on economic history, he observes a massification of poverty and a systematization of the welfare services. The efficiency obtained does not compensate for the moral cost of this evolution. Assistance is no longer an occasion to practice a virtue, so links between the poor and the rich weaken. Thus, Roscher recalls that the meaning of poverty and care extends beyond its positivist reduction as a social issue. The link of dependence by the poor on aid from the rich is a non-political link, but necessary for the constitution of a political community.

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    Article provided by L'Harmattan in its journal Cahiers d'économie Politique.

    Volume (Year): (2010)
    Issue (Month): 59 ()
    Pages: 163-184

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    Handle: RePEc:cpo:journl:y:2010:i:59:p:163-184

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    Keywords: poverty; poverty care; pauperism; German School of Historical Economics; Roscher;

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