Towards a more equal society?

Poverty, inequality and policy since 1997

Edited by John Hills, Tom Sefton, and Kitty Stewart

Towards a more equal society?

Edited by John Hills, Tom Sefton, and Kitty Stewart

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

432 pages
Paper $38.95 ISBN: 9781847422019 Published February 2009 For sale in North and South America only
When New Labour came to power in 1997, its leaders asked for it to be judged after ten years on its success in making Britain 'a more equal society'. As it approaches the end of an unprecedented third term in office, this book asks whether Britain has indeed moved in that direction. The highly successful earlier volume "A more equal society?" was described by Polly Toynbee as "the LSE's mighty judgement on inequality". Now this second volume by the same team of authors provides an independent assessment of the success or otherwise of New Labour's policies over a longer period. It provides: ·[vbTab]consideration by a range of expert authors of a broad set of indicators and policy areas affecting poverty, inequality and social exclusion; ·[vbTab]analysis of developments up to the third term on areas including income inequality, education, employment, health inequalities, neighbourhoods, minority ethnic groups, children and older people;·[vbTab]an assessment of outcomes a decade on, asking whether policies stood up to the challenges, and whether successful strategies have been sustained or have run out of steam;chapters on migration, social attitudes, the devolved administrations, the new Equality and Human Rights Commission, and future pressures.The book is essential reading for academic and student audiences with an interest in contemporary social policy, as well as for all those seeking an objective account of Labour's achievements in power.
Contents
Introduction - Kitty Stewart, Tom Sefton and John Hills

Part One: Dimensions of policy outcomes
Poverty, inequality and redistribution - Tom Sefton, John Hills and Holly Sutherland; 'A scar on the soul of Britain': child poverty and disadvantage under New Labour - Kitty Stewart
Education: New Labour's top priority - Ruth Lupton, Natalie Heath, Emma Salter
More equal working lives? An assessment of New Labour policies - Abigail McKnight
New Labour and unequal neighbourhoods - Anne Power
Health inequalities: a persistent problem - Franco Sassi
Pensions and income security in later life - Maria Evandrou and Jane Falkingham
Ethnic inequalities: another ten years of the same? - Coretta Phillips
Migration, migrants and inequality - Jill Rutter and Maria Latorre

Part Two: Cross-cutting issues
 Moving in the right direction? Public attitudes to poverty, inequality and redistribution - Tom Sefton
Inequality and the devolved administrations: Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - Tania Burchardt and Holly Holder
Poverty, inequality and child well-being in international context: still bottom of the pack? - Kitty Stewart

Part Three: Where Do We Go From Here?
The Equality and Human Rights Commission: a new point of departure in the battle against discrimination and disadvantage - Polly Vizard
Future pressures: intergenerational links, wealth, demography and sustainability - John Hills
Conclusions: Climbing every mountain or retreating from the foothills? - John Hills, Tom Sefton and Kitty Stewart
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