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Do we need economic inequality?

Author
Dorling, Daniel, author.
Title
Do we need economic inequality? / Danny Dorling.
Format
Book
Published
Cambridge, UK : Polity Press, 2018.
Description
ix, 181 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
Uniform series
Future of capitalism series
Notes
Includes bibliographical references.
Contents
  • Bell curves
  • A history of inequality
  • Why argue for inequality?
  • Who benefits from inequality?
  • Where do the costs of inequality fall?
  • What are the alternatives to inequality?
  • When will the fall in inequality become clear?
  • Reasons for optimism.
Summary
Although economic inequality provokes widespread disquiet, its supposed necessity is rarely questioned. At best, a basic level of inequality is seen as a necessary evil. At worst, it is seen as insufficient to encourage aspiration, hard work and investment, a refrain sometimes used to advocate ever greater inequality. In this original new book, Danny Dorling critically analyses historical trends and contemporary assumptions in order to question the idea that inequality is an inevitability. What if, he asks, widespread economic inequality is actually just a passing phase, a feature of the capitalist transition from a settled rural way of life to our next highly urban steady-state? Is it really likely that we face a Blade Runner-style dystopian future divided between a tiny elite and an impoverished mass? Dorling shows how a stabilising population, changing gender relations and rising access to education make a more egalitarian alternative to this nightmare vision not only preferable, but realistic. This bold contribution to one of the most significant debates of our time will be essential reading for anyone interested in our economic, social and political destiny.
Subject headings
Equality.
Economic development--Social aspects.
Economic policy--Social aspects.
ISBN
9781509516551 (pbk.)
1509516557 (pbk.)
9781509516544 (hbk.)
9781509516582 (ePub ebook)
9781509516575 (Mobipocket ebook)

Holdings

Library
Columbus - University Library of Columbus
Call Number
HM821 .D667 2018
Location
Stacks
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Library
Indpls - IUPUI University Library
Call Number
HM821 .D667 2018
Location
Stacks
Floor
3rd Floor
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