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Riches and poverty

Ben Jackson

in Equality and the British Left

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780719073069
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701454 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719073069.003.0002
Riches and poverty

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This chapter begins with an account of the shared egalitarian outlook by considering the Left's objections to class inequality. Progressive writers and politicians employed a variety of arguments against inequality. By documenting the range of these arguments, this chapter gives an initial indication of the character of the British Left's egalitarian vision. It then asks whether progressives saw the aims of social mobility and meritocratic equal opportunity as able to satisfy their concerns about class inequality. It maintains that a meritocratic distribution was seen as an insufficient realisation of the Left's understanding of social justice.

Keywords: class inequality; progressive writers; British Left; egalitarian vision; social mobility; equal opportunity; meritocratic distribution; social justice

Chapter.  11334 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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