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    A second referendum will not fix the social division behind the Brexit vote – and it could make it worse

A second referendum will not fix the social division behind the Brexit vote – and it could make it worse

The social divide among Leavers and Remainers is striking. The immediate reaction of many to run a second referendum therefore fails to understand the cause of the result: many feel that they have no influence over the immediate circumstances that surround them. But it’s not just the electorate’s 48 per cent who need to understand these drivers, writes Tony […]

How social wealth funds can reduce inequality

Political leaders, national and global, continue to declare verbal war on growing inequality. But instead, Britain is on course to become a society ever more divided between extreme affluence and mass impoverishment and there are very few radical ideas on the table about how to prevent it. Stewart Lansley argues that it’s time we took the idea of social […]

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    If the Conservatives are now committed to a philosophy of inequality, they are no longer conservatives

If the Conservatives are now committed to a philosophy of inequality, they are no longer conservatives

Recent revelations about David Cameron’s personal finances have chimed with wider debates about wealth inequality. The episode has not only raised questions about the way in which disparities of income are legitimated, but it has also led some to suggest that Britain’s social elite is engaged in the ‘veiled pursuit of the interests of one class against another’. But […]

Book Review: Why We Can’t Afford the Rich by Andrew Sayer

Against the backdrop of rising economic inequality, Why We Can’t Afford the Rich tackles the myth that the rich are vital wealth creators. Instead, Andrew Sayer outlines the negative societal and environmental impact of unsustainable growth and extreme concentrations of wealth.  Winner of the 2015 British Academy Peter Townsend Prize, this is a readable and persuasive book, even if some of its […]

The year in review: the politics of inequality in 2015

With the UK set to become the most unequal of rich countries, the Conservative government’s policies are constantly being criticised for widening, rather than tackling, inequality. But when it comes to alternatives, could Corbyn’s answers to economic problems be more than wishful thinking? Do the rich have a special wealth-creating talent, and are those living on welfare inactive and […]

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    The postcode lottery of children’s exam results points towards deeper inequalities in health and development

The postcode lottery of children’s exam results points towards deeper inequalities in health and development

Exam results are the latest issue to get the ‘postcode lottery’ rhetoric; however, Keith Clements from the National Children’s Bureau argues that attention must also be paid to what happens to children before their first day in class.

 

Nicky Morgan was right to point out disparities in academic attainment across the country in her recent speech on ‘one nation education’. Of course, the […]

The UK’s debt economy creates new forms of inequality

How does debt relate to deepening income and wealth inequality? The most recent research by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development shows clearly the multiple ways in which growing inequality is inhibiting economic renewal. Johnna Montgomerie considers how the current unprecedented scale and scope of indebtedness reconfigures the established relationships between labour markets, income and wealth dynamics.

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Financialisation makes income distribution more unequal

Financialisation and increasing income inequality have been two of the most important developments in the last three decades. But what is the connection between the two phenomena? Does financialisation contribute to the increase in income inequality? Karsten Köhler, Alexander Guschanski and Engelbert Stockhammer provide evidence for a negative effect of financialisation on functional income distribution in OECD countries.

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