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Tackling inequalities:
Where are we now and what can be done?

Christina Pantazis and David Gordon



School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol; Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research

"The original ideas in this book cut through the usual quick-sand performance indicators. They challenge the conventional assumption of progress towards equality. But they do so with a practical edge that will appeal to those monitoring and implementing social policies."
Ludi Simpson


"A refreshing read, this book pulls no punches in charting the rise of poverty and social inequalities in Britain under the Conservatives and in exposing how official statistics were used to obscure the trend; nor in analysing the retreat of New Labour from redistributionist aims and the continuities between the 'Third Way' and Thatcherism...an essential book for those concerned with policy analysis in relation to social justice and equality."
Jay Ginn


This book brings together a collection of contributions on inequalities in the main areas of British life: income, wealth, standard of living, employment, education, housing, crime and health.

It charts the extent of the growth in inequalities and offers a coherent critique of the new Labour government's policies aimed at those tackling this crisis. In particular, it is suggested that the numerous area-based anti-poverty policies currently being pursued are unlikely to have a significant and long-lasting effect, since many lessons from the past have been ignored. The contributors use and interpret official data to show how statistics are often misused to obscure or distort the reality of inequality.

A range of alternative policies for reducing inequalities in Britain are discussed and set within the global context of the need for international action.

Tackling inequalities is a valuable contribution to the emerging policy debate written by the leading researchers in the field. It is essential reading for academics, policy makers, and students with an interest in inequalities, poverty and social exclusion.

Paperback 15.99 (US$29.00)

ISBN 1 86134 146 6
234 x 156mm 256 pages

January 2000

Available from: The Policy Press, University of Bristol, 34 Tyndall's Park Road, Bristol BS8 1PY.
Tel: 0117 954 6800 Fax: 0117 973 7308 Email: tpp@bristol.ac.uk.