8vo, pp. 429, [1 colophon], with half-title; two very small holes to pp. 209-212; a clean and crisp copy in the original publisher’s black cloth, spine lettered gilt, top edge blue.
US $334 €283
First edition of the second report by the social reformer and economist W. H. Beveridge (1879-1963), a sequel to the epoch-making Beveridge report on Social Insurance and Allied Services made to the Government in December 1942. Beveridge had earlier published Unemployment: a Problem of Industry (1909), a pioneering exploration of the complexity of the market for labour.
The Beveridge report sought, as had Beatrice Webb thirty-three years earlier, to protect the individual against the poverty and destitution caused by the principal hazards of modern life. Its main differences from the earlier scheme were that it accepted the contributory principle, which had become part of the state insurance system, and that it did not deal with the prevention of unemployment. In Full Employment, published without official endorsement, Beveridge sets out to tackle the problem of unemployment. Full employment, he argued, could be achieved in different ways: by Keynesian-style fiscal regulation, or by direct control and deployment of manpower, or indeed by total state control of the means of production, which Beveridge did not, at this stage, consider incompatible with personal freedom.
You may also be interested in...
Principles of Political Economy … from the thirteenth (1877) German edition. With additional chapters furnished by the author, for this first English and American edition, on paper money, international trade, and the protective system; and a preliminary essay on the historical method in political economy (from the French) by L. Wolowski, the whole translated by John J. Lalor.
First English edition, published simultaneously in Chicago and New York, of Roscher's main work, originally published in 1854, which ‘became perhaps the most widely-read textbook of economics in Germany in the second half of the nineteenth century’ (Blaug).
SENIOR, Nassau William.
Statement of the provision for the poor, and of the condition of the labouring classes, in a considerable portion of America and Europe … Being a preface to the foreign communications contained in the appendix to the Poor-Law Report.
First edition, presentation copy, inscribed at the head of the title ‘The Earl of Radnor from the author’.