Monthly Archives: June 2012

Car salesmen and disabled people unite!

The drive to reduce inequalities can find allies in surprising places.  This is the message in this very quick post on the latest report from the We Are Spartacus campaign in the UK – a grassroots group trying to draw attention to the … Continue reading

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Who’s afraid of John Maynard Keynes

The next few posts from Robert de Vries will cover some issues raised by a recent event held at the University of Westminster; ‘Increasing Inequality: Causes, Consequences and the Great Recession’. This past Friday, the University of Westminster held a … Continue reading

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People’s experience of growing inequality: a closer look at the “middle”

 The next three posts from Charlotte Cavaille are based on the talks heard at a conference held by Cumberland Lodge on Attitudes to Wealth and Economic Inequality in the UK. Thanks to the Cumberland Lodge’s generous invitation, Charlotte spent a day … Continue reading

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Addiction Treatment Works: Why Not Invest in It?

What if I told you that your state could invest in a program that produced seven dollars of benefits for every dollar invested? What if I told you that this program improved quality of life, health, and economic wellbeing for … Continue reading

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Inequality and the Angry Society

“I didn’t eat this morning. I’m wearing my niece’s clothes. I just was violated by my mom’s boyfriend. I go to school and here comes someone that bumps into me and don’t say excuse me. You hit zero to rage … Continue reading

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Perceived fraud in the benefits system

It’s impossible to understand political attitudes towards the benefits system without thinking about ‘deservingness’ – that is, whether claimants are seen to be deserving. (Regular readers will know this is one of my abiding interests). This week I want to … Continue reading

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Are Fragmented Cities Making us Unhealthy?

In Chicago there are 1,492 separate local government jurisdictions, including 366 school districts. In Miami there are only 36 jurisdictions, and 2 school districts. The fragmentation of local government has real political consequences: smaller districts can compete for the advantaged … Continue reading

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Social mobility and ethnicity in the UK

In a guest post, Neil Smith reviews the evidence – including his own – on the links between ethnicity and life chances in the UK, and why this matters for the drive to improve social mobility. In March 2012, we … Continue reading

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