Monthly Archives: March 2011

The UK Budget: the end of National Insurance?

Budget day is always a classic piece of British political theatre. The magic of the ‘red box’ held by the Chancellor, the routines and rituals at the Palace of Westminster, the near-impossibility of actually taking in this myriad of policy details … Continue reading

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Give some bread back to the bakers

One of the disturbing features of American income inequality is the rising disconnection between the wages of ordinary workers and the compensation of a small cadre of executives. Despite huge gains in productivity over the last three decades, median wages … Continue reading

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Changes to the Inequalities Blog

Just a short post to say that the blog will now be updated on Tuesdays and Thursdays (rather than Mon/Wed/Fri) – as ever, you can keep track of us through Facebook and Twitter. We’ll also be gradually getting more active … Continue reading

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Inequalities Interview: Ruth Lupton, LSE

This is the first of an occasional series of posts where we ask inequalities researchers about what they want to achieve from academic research.  In this post, I speak to Ruth Lupton, a Senior Research Fellow in CASE at LSE.  … Continue reading

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Over the Wire

Dr David Parenti: We get the grant, we study the problem, we propose solutions. If they listen, they listen. If they don’t, it still makes for great research. What we publish on this is gonna get a lot of attention. … Continue reading

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The big picture of inequality in Britain

This is a cross-post of an article published on the LSE British Politics and Policy blog on the same day. Regular readers may notice that this builds on a number of previous posts on the site – and given that … Continue reading

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From Katrina to Japan: Social Inequality and Disasters

A Welfare State in Need, is a Welfare State Indeed “There is no such thing as a natural disaster,” is the thought-provoking title of a book about Hurricane Katrina, but the point could apply to many recent tragedies, including the … Continue reading

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Social cohesion, diversity, and poverty

Whatever your views, there’s always a temptation to ruffle a few feathers among your peers. Among left-wingers in the UK, David Goodhart did just that in 2004: he argued that two cherished left-wing ideals were in conflict. In simple terms, … Continue reading

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Not Your Father’s Racism

In the United States there are two dominant narratives of race relations. One narrative focuses on racial progress, embodied by the election of Barack Obama, and sees us moving toward more racial harmony or even the vaunted “post-racial” moment. The … Continue reading

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The UK’s recession safety net: not as stingy as you thought

UK unemployment benefits are known for being pretty stingy.  I’ve previously mentioned how they have fallen behind living standards since the early 1980s, and put us towards the bottom end of the OECD table of generosity. But there’s a problem … Continue reading

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