The Strategy of Equality: Redistribution and the Social Services, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Strategy of Equality

Redistribution and the Social Services, 1st Edition

By Julian Le Grand


200 pages

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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

About the Author

Sir Julian Ernest Michael Le Grand, FBA is an academic specialising in public policy. He is the Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and was a senior policy advisor to former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Welfare and the State

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1940 and 1994, draw together research by leading academics in the area of welfare and the state, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volume examines the concepts of welfare in relation to the state through the areas of policy making, social administration, class division and social inequality, social policy and privatization, whilst also exploring the general principles and practices of the welfare state in various countries. This set will be of particular interest to students of sociology, politics, economics, social work respectively.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General