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Challenging economic inequality: tactics and strategies

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Economic and social inequality is a major problem,

    implicated in poverty, ill health and exploitation.

    Inequality has increased in many countries since the

    1980s and it is also widely seen as unfair, yet action

    against it has been sporadic and often ineffective. To

    better understand why inequality has persisted, it is

    useful to look at tactics that reduce public outrage over

    it. These include covering up the existence and impacts

    of inequality, denigrating those who are less well-off,

    explaining the existence of inequality as natural,

    necessary or beneficial, using official channels to justify

    inequality, threatening those who challenge it and

    rewarding those who defend it. Each of these tactics can

    be countered, resulting in a set of options for those

    pursuing a fairer world.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Engel, S. N. & Martin, B. (2015). Challenging economic inequality: tactics and strategies. Economic and Political Weekly: a journal of current economic and political affairs, 50 (49), 42-48.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84949216124

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/2223

Number Of Pages


  • 6

Start Page


  • 42

End Page


  • 48

Volume


  • 50

Issue


  • 49

Abstract


  • Economic and social inequality is a major problem,

    implicated in poverty, ill health and exploitation.

    Inequality has increased in many countries since the

    1980s and it is also widely seen as unfair, yet action

    against it has been sporadic and often ineffective. To

    better understand why inequality has persisted, it is

    useful to look at tactics that reduce public outrage over

    it. These include covering up the existence and impacts

    of inequality, denigrating those who are less well-off,

    explaining the existence of inequality as natural,

    necessary or beneficial, using official channels to justify

    inequality, threatening those who challenge it and

    rewarding those who defend it. Each of these tactics can

    be countered, resulting in a set of options for those

    pursuing a fairer world.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Engel, S. N. & Martin, B. (2015). Challenging economic inequality: tactics and strategies. Economic and Political Weekly: a journal of current economic and political affairs, 50 (49), 42-48.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84949216124

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/2223

Number Of Pages


  • 6

Start Page


  • 42

End Page


  • 48

Volume


  • 50

Issue


  • 49