Where do we stand on inequality? Reflections on recent research and its implications

McKay, Steve (2010) Where do we stand on inequality? Reflections on recent research and its implications. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 18 (1). pp. 19-33. ISSN 1759-8273

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This article reviews and updates research on inequality of incomes in the UK, public views about inequality, and the evidence on inequality of opportunities revealed through studies of social mobility. In recent years, there has been a significant number of new research studies on inequality, encompassing work in economics and
sociology, as well as social policy. This article proceeds in three sections. First, I briefly
outline the changing level of income inequality in the UK. Second, I consider public
attitudes towards income inequality in general, and attitudes to policy measures to
reduce inequality. Third, I consider research contributions on social mobility. This has
been a prominent topic, and one in which political discourse has been less reticent than towards inequality in general, and income inequality in particular (Stewart, 2009). This may be partly because the expansion of the service class that made possible high rates of absolute social mobility in the past has ceased, turning greater attention towards relative rates of social mobility.

Keywords:income inequality
Subjects:L Social studies > L400 Social Policy
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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Deposited On:18 Mar 2013 16:07

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