8vo, pp. [iv], 80; occasional, very light foxing, but a very good copy in the original publisher’s printed wrappers, spine a little frayed with one or two chips, corners creased, small ink-spot to front wrapper; an appealing copy of a rare survival.
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De la rémunération des services publics.
First edition of Ferrier’s critical observations on the findings of the 1831 special commission appointed to clarify the state of civil service remuneration. Far from being a merely financial affair, Ferrier warns, the principles that underpin public service remuneration and the welfare questions relating to retirement treatment are a central issue of political economy. They have to be acknowledged as distinct from contingent policy, and must rest on a ‘droit absolu’ (p. 22).
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