Making things happen in Philadelphia
New research shows how cities are tackling the issues usually dealt with by states and the federal government
Holding back the tide.
Six hundred years separate two post-election protests, but the issues at hand are strangely similar and the mistakes too easily repeated.
Too often, we think of "democracy" as what happens during an election campaign – but it goes much deeper than that.
Tomorrow’s engineers? Unlikely.
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Some economists and others have argued smart machines are increasingly stealing our jobs. In fact, the opposite may be true.
A man walks past collapsed buildings in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Global coverage of the Nepal earthquake focused issues of preparedness and political instability but missed the systemic, historical inequities that made the disaster so devastating.
Can the parties do more?
No party is offering a wealth tax or anything equivalent to tackle UK inequality.
Union City Blues. Activists join anti-Thatcher protests in 2013.
British orgainsed labour has remained relevant despite the onslaught suffered during the 1980s, but it lacks the institutional structure that would make the future secure.
Rather than an unfortunate but unavoidable side effect of economic advance, increased inequality that results from rent-seeking is arguably cancerous.
Our policy-makers know perfectly well how to reduce inequality and tackle political favouritism. The question is, will this federal budget even try?
Poorer boys are especially vulnerable when growing up in close proximity to wealth.
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Mixed-income housing has been promoted as a panacea to concentrated poverty and crime. But recent research raises some red flags.
Are we really?
Five years of Coalition government later, it is clear that the poorest have paid most dearly as a result of various tax and benefit changes.
Phillips trailed a programme about race but didn’t deliver.
Hard hitting questions were promised but Channel 4 show ended up missing the mark.
Attendants wait to serve delegates with water during the opening of the annual full session of the National People’s Congress, the country’s parliament, at Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, March 5, 2015.
Once China claimed to lead the way in equality for women. Today, women are warned they will be "leftovers" if they don't produce children.
‘Fairness’ tops Bill Shorten’s policy agenda for the Labor Party, so it’s time we defined what’s fair and what isn’t.
If every policy decision must pass the 'fairness test', will Australia end up making unfair decisions?
Unequal education shouldn’t be here to stay.
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Business as usual in education is not going to heal the widening divisions between the privileged and disadvantaged.
The grass is always greener on the other side of an interview with Nick Ferrari.
One wants to spend £60,000 on a council house the other thinks it costs the same to build a conservatory.
Mixed-income developments replace Chicago’s Cabrini-Green Homes: Old Town Village West townhouses rise in front of the last remaining towers (since demolished) in this 2009 photograph.
For decades, public housing stood as the most architecturally visible and politically stigmatized reminder of urban poverty in many American cities. Originally built to accommodate an upwardly mobile segment…
Servers. Servants or masters?
When we think about income and wealth inequalities we are tempted to lay blame on the old way of doing things. In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty picks out inherited money as a driver…
We need to bear a few things in mind before we listen too closely to Oxfam.
Oxfam is making what might appear to be a manifestly sound moral case when it urges political leaders at the global economic conference at Davos to adopt particular policies to reduce economic inequality…
The mansion tax could be good for you.
When the great and the good met at last year’s Davos event to discuss the major global challenges to prosperity and well-being, it was clear that one theme dominated all others – inequality. But has anything…
World Economic Forum
The world’s rich and powerful are gathering for the World Economic Forum at the Swiss ski resort of Davos to discuss, and hopefully find solutions to, the world’s economic and social problems. The 45th…