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Combating inequality : the global north and south

Author: Alexander Gallas; Hansjörg Herr; Frank Hoffer; Christoph Scherrer
Publisher: London : Routledge, Taylor & Francis, 2016.
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Economic inequality has recently gained considerable academic attention. However, two important aspects of inequality have not been discussed systematically: its multidimensional nature and the question of what can be done to reverse it. This book offers insights from scholars representing the Global Labour University, which operates in Brazil, Germany, India, South Africa and the US. They analyse the various  Read more...
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Combating inequality
(DLC) 2015024819
(OCoLC)912508019
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alexander Gallas; Hansjörg Herr; Frank Hoffer; Christoph Scherrer
ISBN: 9781317423850 1317423852 1317423860 9781317423867 9781315689340 1315689340
OCLC Number: 933433210
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations
Contents: Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; List of figures; List of tables; Notes on contributors; 1 Introduction; PART I The challenge of inequality; 2 The rise of inequality across the globe: drivers, impacts and policies for change; 3 Gender inequality and the labour movement; 4 Trade unions and the challenge of economic inequality: an unresolved debate; PART II Drivers of inequality; 5 Labour and fi nancial markets as drivers of inequality; 6 The impact of the fi nancial sector on inequality: a comparison of the USA, Brazil, Germany and India 7 Multinational corporations and economic inequality in the Global South: causes, consequences and countermeasures in the Bangladeshi and Honduran apparel sectorPART III Country case studies; 8 The US economy: explaining stagnation and why it will persist; 9 Financialisation, redistribution and 'export-led mercantilism': the case of Germany; 10 Macroeconomic processes and economic inequalities in India; 11 Brazil in the last 20 years: searching for a new accumulation regime; PART IV Critiques of conventional political responses; 12 Greening inequality? Limitations of the 'green growth' agenda 13 The social investment state and the myth of meritocracy14 New trends in inequality: the fi nancialisation of social policies; PART V Merits and limits of alternative political responses; 15 Market regulation, inequality and economic development; 16 The role of the public sector in combating inequality; 17 Progressive tax reform in the OECD countries: opportunities and obstacles; PART VI Tools for counter-strategies; 18 Contextualising strategies for more equality; 19 (Un)typical labour struggles: creative campaigns to challenge inequality; 20 Countermeasures against inequality; Index
Responsibility: edited by Alexander Gallas, Hansjörg Herr, Frank Hoffer and Christoph Scherrer.

Abstract:

Economic inequality has recently gained considerable academic attention. However, two important aspects of inequality have not been discussed systematically: its multidimensional nature and the question of what can be done to reverse it. This book offers insights from scholars representing the Global Labour University, which operates in Brazil, Germany, India, South Africa and the US. They analyse the various drivers of inequality, assess policy responses, and discuss counterstrategies. The main findings of this book are that rising levels of inequality cannot be addressed only with the standard policies responses, namely education, redistribution and 'green growth'. In addition, the way markets currently function needs to be corrected. The chapters in this volume focus on specific fields of contemporary capitalism where important drivers of inequality are located, for example, the labour market; the financial system; the tax system; multi-national corporations; and gender relations. Other chapters discuss in detail where political opportunities for change lie. They critically assess existing countermeasures; the idea of a 'green economy' and its implications for inequality; and existing campaigns by trade unions and new social movements against inequality. In line with the global nature of the problem, this book contains case studies on countries both from the north and south with considerable economic and political weight. This book provides academics, political practitioners and civil society activists with a range of ideas on how to drive back inequality. It will be of interest to those who study political economy, development economy and labour economics.--

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