Chapter

Fair shares

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/9780719073069.003.0004
Fair shares

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This chapter looks more systematically at debates about the distribution of income and wealth. It is divided into three sections, each addressing a concept that was fundamental to progressive thinking about this issue: equality, need, and incentive. It shows that the majority of progressives favoured the principles of need and, reluctantly, incentive, leading them to endorse a distributive pattern that was loosely, although not precisely, egalitarian. The final section of the chapter outlines the policies that followed from these theoretical commitments.

Keywords: income distribution; wealth distribution; equality; progressive thinking; incentive; need

Chapter.  17150 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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