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Perceptions of redistribution: report on exploratory qualitative research

Hedges, Alan (2005) Perceptions of redistribution: report on exploratory qualitative research. CASEpaper (96). Centre for Analysais of Social Exclusion, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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This paper represents the results of a small-scale qualitative study, exploring public perceptions of the redistributive effects of taxation and public spending in the UK. Redistribution is not at the top of people’s minds when they consider these issues and it is a complex subject on which they have thought little. People appear to apply separate principles of ‘fairness’ and ‘mutuality’ to the structures of taxation and public spending. Fairness in taxation may involve more progressivity than the current system, and those with low incomes may need more help. The support this implies for the redistributive impact of government does not appear to be primarily motivated by concerns about making incomes more equal, but rather the outcome of belief in a system in which everyone can get help when they need it, and everyone contributes according to their means.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2005 Alan Hedges
Divisions: Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I3 - Welfare and Poverty > I38 - Government Policy; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2008 11:47
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2020 00:41

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