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p. 122. Lifelocked

  • Donald Winch

Abstract

‘Life’ explores Malthus's publications and the development of his theories of population. In his first Essay, when dealing with the contribution, as he saw it, of the English Poor Laws to the spread of pauperism, Malthus broached a policy question which was to become the chief focus of public debate on poverty in the period which led up to the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834 — an Act which he was widely considered to have godfathered. Although this and other publications established Malthus as one of the leading political economists of his day, he did not produce a comprehensive statement of his position on the principles of political economy until 1820.

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