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Tackling inequalitiesWhere are we now and what can be done?$
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Christina Pantazis and David Gordon

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9781861341464

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861341464.001.0001

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(p.1) One Introduction
Tackling inequalities

Christina Pantazis

Policy Press

The growing divide between the poor and the rich is probably the most significant social change to have occurred under 18 years of Conservative government. The New Labour government inherited a country more unequal than at any other time since the Second World War. This book brings together a collection of contributions on the pressing issue of tackling inequalities in society. This chapter introduces the main themes of the book, describing inequality, poverty, and politics; the New Labour government; equality and distribution; the third way and modern welfare; social cohesion; and economic efficiency. The book is based around two central themes. First, the New Labour government has responded to the increasing spatial concentrations of poverty and inequality by introducing area-based policies to deal with the lack of opportunities in deprived areas. The second theme of the book is the use and interpretation of official statistics.

Keywords:   New Labour, inequality, politics, social cohesion, social inequality, poverty

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