Month: November 2012

  • ‘The State of Welfare’ on the BBC: a missed opportunity

    In a guest post from Declan Gaffney – re-posted from his personal blog L’Art Social – he picks apart a repeated false claim about what we know about benefit fraud, in the midst of an otherwise welcome BBC report.  This is perhaps our last post directly on benefit deservingness and perceptions for a little while, after a series of […]

  • The surprising truth about benefits stigma in Britain

    This article was originally posted on the LSE Politics & Policy blog – it’s a co-written post by me, Kate Bell and Declan Gaffney, based on our new report on the stigma of claiming benefits that  came out last week. If you don’t pay much attention to these issues – hell, even if you do – you probably think […]

  • Global Warming Beyond Global Warming

    I have bad news. The World Bank released a report last week on global warming. In summary, we are on track for a world that is 4°C warmer by the end of the century and this will have severe adverse effects, particularly for the global poor. But this is not the bad news.

  • What we lose when we don’t talk about class

    What we lose when we don’t talk about class

    As Bill Gardner noted last week on this blog, some people are interpreting Obama’s victory in the US presidential elections as “working class victory in a class war”. Obama said he would raise taxes on the rich, and the majority of Americans voted him in. Ipso Facto: working class victory. The problem is, looking at […]

  • Adding Health Care Spending to the Poverty Equation

    I discussed the challenges of measuring poverty in the United States in a three part series on this blog last year. The official poverty line is based on pre-tax income adjusted for household size. The main alternative to the official poverty measure is the Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM), which adjusts for many more […]

  • Barack Obama and the new caste system

    What did the re-election of President Obama mean for the politics of inequality in the US? Jon Chait interprets the outcome of the election as a working class victory in a class war: If there is a single plank in the Democratic platform on which Obama can claim to have won, it is taxing the […]

  • The Coalition, benefit cuts, and income inequality

    This is a piece that first appeared in One Society‘s ‘half-term report’ on the Coalition Government and inequality (references and footnotes available in the full report). The whole (short!) edited volume is also worth a read, containing articles by Kate Pickett, Chris Goulden, and Stewart Lansley among others. On one level, the question of whether […]

  • Inequality will get worse

    The bad news is that although the Occupy Movement has come and gone, high inequality in US income, wealth, and political power remain. The worse news is that there are strong reasons to expect things to get worse.

  • The Long War Against HIV/AIDS

    “HIV knows no boundaries” is a common sentiment within the HIV/AIDS advocacy community, but it elides a simple reality: black men and men who have sex with men (MSMs) are at staggeringly higher risk for contracting the disease. Here is the breakdown of new HIV/AIDS cases by race/ethnicity and sex in 2009: Black men, overall, […]

  • Class Inequality in Austerity Britain

    In this guest post, Steven Roberts summarises his new book (co-edited with Will Atkinson and Mike Savage), ‘Class Inequality in Austerity Britain‘, and presents a vision of the political role of Sociology in the 21st century.   Not that it has gone unnoticed, but it is worth starting this blog by reminding ourselves that the coalition […]