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What Do We Know and What Should We Do About Inequality?



July 2019 | 120 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

“A brilliantly clear and concise guide. Highly recommended.” – Ben Chu, Economics Editor - BBC Newsnight

What Do We Know and What Should We Do About Inequality? is part of a new book series offering short, up-to-date overviews of key issues often misrepresented or simplified in the mainstream media. In this book, Professor Mike Brewer discusses "What We Know" about economic inequalities in the UK, presenting new analysis of the top 1% and 0.1% in the UK, and summarising the causes and consequences of high levels of inequality.

Brewer answers the following questions:

  • Why is curbing inequality now regarded as a global challenge?
  • Why did the UK become more unequal during the 1980s?
  • What has happened to incomes since the financial crash in 2008 and the government austerity that followed?
  • How relevant is Thomas Piketty's prediction that growing wealth inequalities will return us to levels of inequality last seen at the dawn of the twentieth century?

The author concludes by suggesting "What We Should Do" to move the UK off its high-inequality path, including further taxation, wealth redistribution and welfare reform.

Intended for anyone seeking a quick and authoritative understanding of inequality in the modern era.

Series Editor: Professor Chris Grey, Royal Holloway, University of London


 
1. Introduction
 
2. Background
 
3. What Do We Know About Inequality?
 
4. What Should We Do About Inequality?
 
5. Conclusion

Concise, precise, beautifully designed, illustrated and written. If you want to learn a lot about what matters most, in as short a time as possible, this is the series for you.

Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography, University of Oxford

This highly accessible but scholarly series which sees leading social scientists in the UK tackle some of the key issues facing us all today is exactly the sort of publication the Academy of Social Sciences has encouraged over the years. Congratulations to SAGE on bringing it out.

Roger Goodman, Chair, Academy of Social Sciences

A brilliantly clear and concise guide. Highly recommended.

Ben Chu, Economics Editor - BBC Newsnight

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