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Poverty and public policy
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1. Definition

Earlier scholarship thought of poverty and public policy primarily in terms of how power and money elites dealt with the poor and beggars: normative guidelines and administrative structures along with institutional, corporate, and individual strategies for combatting poverty or mechanisms of poor relief. This reflected the general tendency to view the subject “from above.” Many points of contact resulted from studying the poor relief programs of the churches.

More recent studies ha…

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Bräuer, Helmut, “Poverty and public policy”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 29 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_017058>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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