1st Edition

The Strategy of Equality
Redistribution and the Social Services

ISBN 9781138597655
Published August 15, 2020 by Routledge
204 Pages

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Book Description

Originally published in 1982 The Strategy of Equality examines public expenditure on the social services as a strategy for promoting social equality. Today there is a widespread belief that the strategy has worked and that public spending on the social services primarily benefits those less well off. However, there have been few attempts to examine whether this belief is founded in reality. This book attempts to rectify this. Examining four areas of social policy: health care, education, housing, and transport, the book looks at the distribution of public expenditure and the ‘outcome’ of that expenditure, as well as the implications for various conceptions of equality.

Table of Contents


Part I: The Dream

1. Introduction

2. The Dreamers

Part II: The Reality

3. Health Care

4. Education

5. Housing

6. Transport

Part III: The Strategy

7. Equality and the Social Services

8. The Alternative


Appendix A: Studies of the Distribution of Public Expenditure

Appendix B: Additional Tables

Appendix C: Income and Occupational Classifications

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