Social democracy and the problem of equality: economic analysis and political argument in the United Kingdom

Tomlinson, J. (2020) Social democracy and the problem of equality: economic analysis and political argument in the United Kingdom. History of Political Economy, 52, pp. 519-538. (doi: 10.1215/00182702-8304843)

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Abstract

In the context of the recent spread of public and academic concern with economic inequality, this paper examines the evolution of British social democratic thinking about inequality, linking this evolution to the changing debates within economics on this issue. The discussion of the economics of inequality focusses upon the pivotal figure of Tony Atkinson, the most important British economic theorist of inequality, but also an important figure in policy debate since the 1970s.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Tomlinson, Professor Jim
Authors: Tomlinson, J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Economic and Social History
Journal Name:History of Political Economy
Publisher:Duke University Press
ISSN:0018-2702
ISSN (Online):1527-1919
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 Duke University Press
First Published:First published in History of Political Economy 52:519-538
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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