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Towards a more equal society?Poverty, inequality and policy since 1997$
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John Hills, Tom Sefton, and Kitty Stewart

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847422026

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847422026.001.0001

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Moving in the right direction? Public attitudes to poverty, inequality and redistribution

Moving in the right direction? Public attitudes to poverty, inequality and redistribution

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Towards a more equal society?
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Sefton Tom

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847422026.003.0012

This chapter looks at public attitudes to inequality, poverty, and redistribution, using quantitative and qualitative sources to ask whether public opinion has become more or less progressive since 1997 and whether New Labour's attempts to redefine the party have influenced the way people think about these issues. There is a growing body of opinion that more radical measures will be needed to make further progress in reducing poverty and that this in turn will require much stronger public support. This chapter attempts to pull together the evidence on attitudes to social justice and the beliefs and values that underpin them.

Keywords:   public opinion, New Labour, redistribution, poverty, social justice

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