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Toward a High‐Employment, High‐Equality Society

Lane Kenworthy

in Jobs with Equality

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780199550593
Published online September 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191720727 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550593.003.00011
Toward a High‐Employment, High‐Equality Society

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This chapter summarizes the book's findings, recommends some strategies for combining low inequality with high employment, and considers some potential objections and alternatives. It argues that there is no silver bullet for a country wishing to be a high-equality, high-employment society. Each country is different in its existing configuration of institutions and policies, and in its citizens' preferences about equality and employment. Thus, there is no one-size-fits-all reform package that will yield optimal results for every nation. Given the considerable uncertainty regarding the best course of action for any particular country, governments and other economic actors have little option but to experiment. Success requires learning from the experiences of other countries, learning from one's own past, and continuous experimentation and adjustment.

Keywords: equality; inequality; employment; reform; experiment

Chapter.  17055 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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