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Moving in the right direction? Public attitudes to poverty, inequality and redistribution

Sefton Tom

in Towards a more equal society?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9781847422026
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304036 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847422026.003.0012
Moving in the right direction? Public attitudes to poverty, inequality and redistribution

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This chapter looks at public attitudes to inequality, poverty, and redistribution, using quantitative and qualitative sources to ask whether public opinion has become more or less progressive since 1997 and whether New Labour's attempts to redefine the party have influenced the way people think about these issues. There is a growing body of opinion that more radical measures will be needed to make further progress in reducing poverty and that this in turn will require much stronger public support. This chapter attempts to pull together the evidence on attitudes to social justice and the beliefs and values that underpin them.

Keywords: public opinion; New Labour; redistribution; poverty; social justice

Chapter.  9079 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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