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Inequality and Power : the Economics of Class

Author: Eric A Schutz
Publisher: London : Routledge, 2011
Series: Routledge frontiers of political economy, 140
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book is about the causes and consequences of economic inequality in the advanced market economies of today. It is commonplace that in market systems people choose their own individual economic destinies, but of course the choices people make are importantly determined by the alternatives available to them: economic disparity arises mainly from unequal opportunity. Yet this merely begs the question; from whence  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eric A Schutz
ISBN: 9780415644549 9780415554800 0415554802 9780203828878 0203828879 0415644542
OCLC Number: 768095792
Notes: 1. Introduction 2. People Make Their Choices 3. Opportunity Matters 4. Opportunity Matters: More Yet 5. How Power Works 6. Capitalism: "Classical" Class 7. Realities of Class Today 8. Running the System: Business Power and Political Power 9. Cultural Power 10. Increasing Inequality Today 11. Confronting Inequality and Class: Distributive Justice 12. Confronting Inequality and Class: Economy, Community and Biosphere 13. Conclusion
Description: 226 s
Contents: Introduction --
People make their choices --
Opportunity matters --
Opportunity matters : more yet --
How power works --
Capitalism : "classical" class --
Realities of class today --
Running the system : business power and political power --
Cultural power --
Increasing inequality today --
Confronting inequality and class : distributive justice --
Confronting inequality and class : economy, community and biosphere --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Routledge frontiers of political economy, 140

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This book is about the causes and consequences of economic inequality in the advanced market economies of today. It is commonplace that in market systems people choose their own individual economic destinies, but of course the choices people make are importantly determined by the alternatives available to them: economic disparity arises mainly from unequal opportunity. Yet this merely begs the question; from whence do the vast existing inequalities of opportunity arise? This book theorizes power and social class as the real crux of ...

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