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Why do people stigmatise the poor at a time of rapidly increasing inequality, and what can be done about it?

Taylor-Gooby, Peter (2013) Why do people stigmatise the poor at a time of rapidly increasing inequality, and what can be done about it? Political Quarterly, 84 (1). pp. 31-42. ISSN 0032-3179. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-923X.2013.02435.x) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:48590)

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This paper starts out from a puzzle. During the past thirty years, incomes have grown more unequal, a small group at the top has captured a much greater share of resources and poverty has increased. Despite this, most people are markedly less likely to want government to redistribute income or tackle poverty and are less sympathetic towards those without jobs. The greater insecurity of many people’s lives in the current crisis renders the issue more perplexing. This paper describes trends in inequality, poverty and unemployment; presents new data on attitudes, media discussion and political platforms; discusses theoretical approaches from social psychologists, political scientists, sociologists and other commentators; and considers how a more generous welfare state might be preserved.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/j.1467-923X.2013.02435.x
Uncontrolled keywords: Inequality, poverty, unemployment, welfare state, policies, theory
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
J Political Science
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Peter Taylor-Gooby
Date Deposited: 20 May 2015 16:22 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:19 UTC
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