Originally published in 1981, Automatic Poverty provides a much-needed alternative to the Radical Right’s analysis. The book argues that Britain’s economic decline is symptomatic of an advanced stage of industrialisation in which productive processes are increasingly mechanised, but output remains static. Under these circumstances workers become redundant, the income of the working class diminishes, and dependence on the state increases. The ‘Ricardo phenomenon’ has become long-term feature of the British economy, and the author shows that neither Keynesian nor monetarist policies can remedy its consequences. It reflects a critical stage in the development of capitalism.



part |188 pages

Part 1

chapter 1|185 pages

The problem of economic growth

chapter 2|152 pages

Social consequences of the problem

part |134 pages

Part 2

chapter 3|131 pages

Economic policy 1964-70

chapter 4|18 pages

Economic policy 1970-9

chapter 5|96 pages

The new Conservatism

part |52 pages

Part 3

chapter 6|83 pages

Social policy 1964-70

chapter 7|69 pages

Social policy 1970-9

chapter 8|16 pages

Social control

part |35 pages

Part 4

chapter 9|12 pages

The new Conservatives and social policy

chapter 10|21 pages

Alternative futures