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Changing inequalities and societal impacts in rich countries: thirty countries' experiences

Nolan, Brian, Salverda, Weimer, Checchi, Daniele, Marx, Ive, McKnight, Abigail, Tóth, István György and van de Werfhorst, Herman G., eds. (2014) Changing inequalities and societal impacts in rich countries: thirty countries' experiences. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199687428

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Addresses issues about inequality widely debated in the media in recent years. Advances academic research in the field by in-depth analysis of country exeriences. Provides in-depth analysis of key issues in the social sciences across a range of disciplines. Provides detailed background and information about inequality experiences and impacts in individual countries not found elsewhere. Applies consistent analytical framework across 30 very different countries examining trends over 30 years. There has been a remarkable upsurge of debate about increasing inequalities and their societal implications, reinforced by the economic crisis but bubbling to the surface before it. This has been seen in popular discourse, media coverage, political debate, and research in the social sciences. The central questions addressed by this book, and the major research project GINI on which it is based, are: - Have inequalities in income, wealth and education increased over the past 30 years or so across the rich countries, and if so why? - What are the social, cultural and political impacts of increasing inequalities in income, wealth and education? - What are the implications for policy and for the future development of welfare states? In seeking to answer these questions, this book adopts an interdisciplinary approach that draws on economics, sociology, and political science, and applies a common analytical framework to the experience of 30 advanced countries, namely all the EU member states except Cyprus and Malta, together with the USA, Japan, Canada, Australia and South Korea. It presents a description and analysis of the experience of each of these countries over the past three decades, together with an introduction, an overview of inequality trends, and a concluding chapter highlighting key findings and implications. These case-studies bring out the variety of country experiences and the importance of framing inequality trends in the institutional and policy context of each country if one is to adequately capture and understand the evolution of inequality and its impacts.

Item Type: Book
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Additional Information: © 2014 Oxford University Press
Divisions: STICERD
Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2014 09:55
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 13:00

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