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Pauvreté et assistance aux pauvres dans l’œuvre de Roscher


  • Patrick Mardellat



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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  • Patrick Mardellat, 2010. "Pauvreté et assistance aux pauvres dans l’œuvre de Roscher," Cahiers d’économie politique / Papers in Political Economy, L'Harmattan, issue 59, pages 163-184.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpo:journl:y:2010:i:59:p:163-184

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

    JEL classification:

    • I3 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty
    • B15 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought through 1925 - - - Historical; Institutional; Evolutionary
    • Z12 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Religion


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