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does inequality matter in rich societies?

12.18.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

asks Colin Crouch in the Social Europe Journal. I have previously  argued that it does, not so much because of unequal distribution of consumption but because the inequality in power it entails. Crouch’s answer is similar, but more concise – concluding that the rich

are more likely to seek privileges and advantages over the rest of us, as neoliberal theory itself teaches us in its critique of political power. This is why inequality still matters in a society in which most people are materially comfortable: for its power rather than its consumption implications

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