This book addresses key questions about whether inequality in incomes, wealth, and education have been widening in a consistent fashion across 30 rich nations, and whether this is exacerbating social problems and undermining the healthy functioning of democratic processes.
This book addresses key questions about whether inequality in incomes, wealth and education have been widening in a consistent fashion across 30 rich nations, and whether this is exacerbating social problems and undermining the healthy functioning of democratic processes. It sets out to answer these questions by looking in depth at the experience of 30 countries over the past 30 years.
University College Dublin, Wiemer Salverda, Professor of Labour Market and Inequality, Amsterdam Center for Inequality Studies AMCIS, and Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies AIAS, University of Amsterdam, Daniele Checchi, University of Milan, Ive Marx, Associate Professor, University of Antwerp, Abigail McKnightThe seven editors together organized and coordinated the 3.5-year Growing Inequalities' Impacts GINI project, which generated the results reported in this volume. They are an international team drawn from different disciplines and with important and complementary expertise in the fields covered by the book. They share a history of joint publications, including edited volumes, and extensive cooperation in research networks such LoWER (European Low-wage Employment Research network, 1996-2008), Equalsoc (Network of Excellence, since 2005), and ImPRovE (Poverty Reduction in Europe: Social Policy and Innovation, since 2012)
Lászlo Andor: Foreword Brian Nolan, Wiemer Salverda, Daniele Checchi, Ive Marx, Abigail McKnight, István György Tóth, and Herman van de Werfhorst: Preface 1: Brian Nolan, Wiemer Salverda, Daniele Checchi, Ive Marx, Abigail McKnight, István György Tóth, and Herman van de Werfhorst: Introduction 2: István György Tóth: Revisiting Grand Narratives of Growing Inequalities: Lessons From 30 Country Studies 3: Peter Whiteford: Australia: Inequality and Prosperity and their Impacts in a Radical Welfare State 4: Roland Verwiebe, Tobias Troger, Laura Wiesböck, Roland Teitzer, and Nina-Sophie Fritsch: Austria: The Bastion of Calm? Stability and Change in Inequalities in Times of Welfare State Reforms and Employment Flexibilization 5: Jaan Masso, Kerly Espenberg, Anu Masso, Inta Mierina, and Kaia Philips: Between Economic Growth and Social Justice: Different Inequality Dynamics in the Baltic States 6: Tim Van Rie and Ive Marx: Belgium: When Growing Background Inequalities Meet Resilient Institutions 7: Vassil Tsanov, Petya Ivanova, Silvia Panteleeva, and Bogdan Bogdanov: Bulgaria: Rising Inequality in the Period of Transition and Restrictive Incomes Policy 8: Robert Andersen and Mitch McIvor: Rising Inequality and Its Impact in Canada: The Role of National Debt 9: Ioana Neamtu and Niels Westergaard-Nielsen: Sources and Impact of Rising Inequality in Denmark 10: Jenni Blomgren, Heikki Hiilamo, Olli Kangas, and Mikko Niemelä: Finland: Growing Inequality with contested consequences 11: Nicolas Frémeaux and Thomas Piketty: France: How Taxation Can Increase Inequality 12: Giacomo Corneo, Sonja Zmerli, and Reinhard Pollak: Germany: Rising Inequality and the Transformation of Rhine Capitalism 13: Margarita Katsimi, Thomas Moutos, George Pagoulatos, and Dimitri Sotiropoulos: Greece: The (Eventual) Social Hardship of Soft Budget Constraints 14: Zoltán Fábián, András Gábos, Marianna Kopasz, Márton Medgyesi, Péter Szivós, and István György Tóth: Hungary: A Country Caught in its Own Trap 15: Brian Nolan, Emma Calvert, Tony Fahey, Deirdre Healy, Aogan Mulcahy, Bertrand Maître, Michelle Norris, Ian O'Donnell, Nessa Winston, and Christopher T. Whelan: Ireland: Inequality and its Impacts in Boom and Bust 16: Gabriele Ballarino, Michela Braga, Massimiliano Bratti, Daniele Checchi, Antonio Filippin, Carlo Fiorio, Marco Leonardi, Elena Meschi, and Francesco Scervini: Italy: How Labour Market Policies Can Foster Earnings Inequality 17: Miki Kohara and Fumio Ohtake: Rising Inequality in Japan: A Challenge Caused by Population Aging and Drastic Changes in Employment 18: Byung You Cheon, Jiyeun Chang, Gyu Seong Hwang, Jin Wook Shin, Shin Wook Kang, Byung Hee Lee, and Hyun Joo Kim: Korea: The Great U-Turn in Inequality and the Need for Social Security Provisions 19: Alessio Fusco, Philippe Van Kerm, Aigul Alieva, Luna Bellani, Fanny Etienne-Robert, Anne-Catherine Guio, Iryna Kyzyma, Kristell Leduc, Philippe Liégeois, Maria Noel Pi Alperin, Anne Reinstadler, Eva Sierminska, Denisa Sologon, Patrick Thill, Marie Valentova, and Bogdan Voicu: Luxembourg: Has Inequality Grown Enough to Matter? 20: Wiemer Salverda, Marloes de Graaf-Zijl, Christina Haas, Bram Lancee, and Natascha Notten: The Netherlands: Policy-Enhanced Inequalities Tempered by Household Formation 21: Natalia Letki, MichaT Brzezinski, and Barbara Jancewicz: The Rise of Inequalities in Poland and their Impacts: When Politicians Don't Care but Citizens Do 22: Carlos Farinha Rodrigues and Isabel Andrade: Portugal: There and Back Again, An Inequality's Tale 23: Iuliana Precupetu and Marius Precupetu: Romania: High Rising Inequality over Two Decades of Post Communist Transformation 24: Martin Kahanec, Martin Guzi, Monika Martisková, and Zuzana Siebertová: Slovakia and the Czech Republic: Inequalities and Convergences after the Velvet Divorce 25: Masa Filipovic Hrast and Miroljub Ignjatovic: Slovenia: An Equal Society Despite the Transition 26: Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell, Xavier Ramos, and Mónica Oviedo: Spain: What Can We Learn From Past Decreasing Inequalities? 27: Johan Fritzell, Jennie Bacchus Hertzman, Olof Bäckman, Ida Borg, Tommy Ferrarini, and Kenneth Nelson: Sweden: Increasing Income Inequalities and Changing Social Relations 28: Abigail McKnight and Tiffany Tsang: Divided We Fall? The Wider Consequences of High and Unrelenting Inequality in the UK 29: Lane Kenworthy and Timothy Smeeding: The United States: High and Rapidly-Rising Inequality 30: Brian Nolan, Wiemer Salverda, Daniele Checchi, Ive Marx, Abigail McKnight, István György Tóth, and Herman van de Werfhorst: Learning from Diversity about Increasing Inequality, its Impacts, and Responses?
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