Subsidies to the Rescue. The funding of poor relief in Flemish village communities during the crisis of the 1840s, a comparative analysis

Esther Beeckaert
2019 Tijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis  
tseg 15 (4): 5-32 Abstract This article questions changes in the funding of local poor relief during the 1845-1848 food crisis in Flemish village communities. This will be studied comparatively between three distinct regions in Flanders: inner-Flanders, coastal Flanders, and the Waasland. In all three regions it was local relief institutions that increased their financial capacity in order to accommodate rising poverty, despite the long-term advance of nationalized welfare in the background.
more » ... ever, considerable regional differentiation could be detected in the nature and degree by which the funding strategies were adapted. This is explained by three interrelated factors: the direct impact of the food crisis, structural economic developments and the political organization of poor relief.
doi:10.18352/tseg.1002 fatcat:nv24v7nbpzba7nte3p26f74tga