• UK border agency #2
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    The assumption that less immigration equals less inequality is fundamentally flawed

The assumption that less immigration equals less inequality is fundamentally flawed

An increasingly narrow UK migration debate is centred on the shared desire to keep poor migrants out, with many arguing that mass immigration exacerbates inequality. But, as a new book by Katy Long shows, there is in fact overwhelming evidence that enabling freedom of movement can play a vital role in combating poverty and opening up opportunity, not just for immigrants and […]

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    Support for redistribution will likely be weakened with ever greater residential separation of rich and poor

Support for redistribution will likely be weakened with ever greater residential separation of rich and poor

Personal characteristics and self-interest may not be the only factors which influence attitudes to inequality, taxation and welfare, according to research by Ade Kearns and colleagues – residential patterns and circumstances also matter. The significant implication of the research is that the cohesion of society itself may be eroded if policy actions, and inactions, permit residential sorting by income and social […]

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    Five minutes with Danny Dorling: “The current increase in global inequality is completely unsustainable”

Five minutes with Danny Dorling: “The current increase in global inequality is completely unsustainable”

Rising inequality is one of the most pressing political issues. In an interview with EUROPP’s editor Stuart Brown, Danny Dorling discusses the problems posed by inequality, the situation within the UK, and why the current trends are likely to prove unsustainable.

Although many social scientists, most notably Thomas Piketty, have provided evidence of rising inequality across Europe and the rest of […]

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    Capitalism need not churn inexorably toward higher inequality; democracies can tame the disproportionate power of elites

Capitalism need not churn inexorably toward higher inequality; democracies can tame the disproportionate power of elites

While some democracies adopt policies that systematically tend to favour the majority of the population and thus reduce inequality, others instead create policies that favour elites and the wealthy more broadly. Mike Albertus and Victor Menaldo find that the effect of democracy on redistribution is a function of the conditions under which countries transition to democracy. In democracies where elites have had little say in […]

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    Five minutes with Thomas Piketty: “We don’t need 19th century-style inequality to generate growth in the 21st century”

Five minutes with Thomas Piketty: “We don’t need 19th century-style inequality to generate growth in the 21st century”

In an interview with EUROPP’s editor Stuart Brown and British Politics and Policy at LSE’s editor Joel Suss, Thomas Piketty discusses the rise in income and wealth inequality outlined in his book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, and what policies should be adopted to prevent us returning to the kind of extreme levels of inequality experienced in Europe prior to the […]

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    Book Review: Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty

Book Review: Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty

Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories. In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty seeks to analyse a unique collection of data from twenty countries, […]

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    Five minutes with Amartya Sen: “I think that Piketty’s conclusions mostly stand”

Five minutes with Amartya Sen: “I think that Piketty’s conclusions mostly stand”

In an interview with British Politics and Policy at LSE’s editor Joel Suss and EUROPP’s editor Stuart Brown, Amartya Sen discusses Thomas Piketty’s recent work, the consequences of widening inequality, and his views on India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose BJP party won the country’s 2014 general election.

Thomas Piketty and other academics have documented the growth in income and wealth inequality […]

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    Perceptions of social mobility in Britain are characterised by a strange paradox

Perceptions of social mobility in Britain are characterised by a strange paradox

How meritocratic do Britons think their country is? The question of perceptions has been relatively understudied but is nonetheless important. Declan Gaffney and Ben Baumberg find that while people overwhelmingly agree that children from richer families have more opportunities, they also believe that family wealth is a relatively minor factor in determining outcomes. Factors like hard work and ambition are […]

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