Tocqueville on Poverty in Industrial Democracies

19 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2011

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Jimena Hurtado

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics

Date Written: February 2, 2011

Abstract

In this paper I explore Tocqueville's views on poverty and pauperism in democratic times. Tocqueville's explanation of economic and social phenomena linked to the raise of equality, show the difficult dilemmas he foresaw with the consolidation of democracy and increasing industrialization. New social classes and the unequal access to wealth would generate a social problem which could, eventually, threaten freedom.

Keywords: Alexis de Tocqueville, pauperism, industrialization, democracy

JEL Classification: B11, B19

Suggested Citation

Hurtado, Jimena, Tocqueville on Poverty in Industrial Democracies (February 2, 2011). Documento CEDE No. 2011-03, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1764007 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1764007

Jimena Hurtado (Contact Author)

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics ( email )

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Santafe de Bogota, AA4976
Colombia

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