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The problem of unemployment in the United Kingdom: with a remedy by organization and training

Webb, Sidney (1909) The problem of unemployment in the United Kingdom: with a remedy by organization and training. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 33 (2). [196]-215. ISSN 0002-7162

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"What is called the problem of unemployment has now, in most countries of advanced industrial development, become acute. It is not that the poverty and distress is worse than before. In the United Kingdom, indeed, — thanks to factory acts and trade unions, and other instruments for upholding and enforcing a standard of life — it is demonstrable that the poverty and distress is far less than in 1795 or 1817 or 1841 or 1879, our years of greatest depression. But those who suffer are, in all countries, more articulate than they used to be. They do not acquiesce in their misery and degradation as inevitable. They know, as we know, that the conditions of industry from which they suffer have been created by our forefathers and ourselves, and that they need not have been so created. They can at any rate be altered if we so choose. And there is, among those who do not suffer, the economists by no means excluded, a rapidly growing feeling that the present organization is indefensible, and also that it ought not to be defended. There is, in England, a growing conviction that the problem of unemployment is now one of the principal preoccupations, not only of the legislature, but also of the heads of the executive government." - Introductory paragraph.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Pagination also given at bottom of page as (420) to (439). The full text of this article is available via the link.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2011 12:51
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2016 10:03

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