What are the causes of the rise in economic inequality in the West and what can be done about it?
Inequality has at last taken centre stage in the political discourse, but there is very little to explain the inequality debates and to offer solutions for the UK.
Written by an award-winning academic and policymaker, this introductory book provides a comprehensive survey of all the available evidence, looking at both sides of the inequality argument.
Fully up-to-date with the latest developments from Brexit in the UK to Donald Trump’s election in the USA, this accessible and jargon-free introduction is international in scope and packed with fascinating facts and quotes.
Roger Brown concludes by discussing whether current UK government policies will actually help reduce inequality and offers practical suggestions for what can be done, such as raising taxes on higher earners, tougher action against tax avoiders, helping people on lower incomes to save, and reducing inequalities in education.
Roger Brown is the former Vice-Chancellor of Southampton Solent University. He has been a professor or visiting professor at 10 other universities and held other senior posts in higher education. In 2013 he received the Times Higher Education Lifetime Achievement Award.
Before that, he was a senior civil servant at the Department of Trade and Industry and an administrator with the Inner London Education Authority. He has served on many national committees and boards.
He has written four books and many articles and lectures on different aspects of higher education as an international authority on the application of market-based policies to higher education.
Foreword Kate Pickett, University of York
Inequality: for and against;
The causes of inequality: market theories;
The causes of inequality: institutional theories;
Responses to rising inequality: taxes and transfers;
Responses to rising inequality;
"An authoritative and up-to-date account of the drivers of economic inequality in the UK." Danny Dorling, University of Oxford
"Indispensable. All you need to know about the inequality crisis– causes, consequences and controversies - in one place." Stewart Lansley, author of A Sharing Economy and Breadline Britain.