Towards a More Equal Society?: Poverty, Inequality and Policy Since 1997 (BOK)
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When New Labor came to power in 1997, its leaders asked for it to be judged after ten years on its success in making Britain 'a more equal society'. As it approaches the end of an unprecedented third term in office, this book asks whether Britain has indeed moved in that direction. The highly successful earlier volume "A More Equal Society" was described by Polly Toynbee as 'the LSE's mighty judgment on inequality'. Now a second volume by the same team of authors provides an independent assessment of the success or otherwise of New Labor's policies over a longer period. It provides: consideration by a range of expert authors of a broad set of indicators and policy areas affecting poverty, inequality and social exclusion; analysis of developments up to the third term on areas including income inequality, education, employment, health inequalities, neighborhoods, minority ethnic groups, children and older people; an assessment of outcomes a decade on, asking whether policies stood up to the challenges, and whether successful strategies have been sustained or have run out of steam; chapters on migration, social attitudes, the devolved administrations, the new Equality and Human Rights Commission, and future pressures. The book is essential reading for academic and student audiences with an interest in contemporary social policy, as well as for all those seeking an objective account of Labor's achievements in power.