Description - The New Egalitarianism by Anthony Giddens
This book tackles one of the most pressing issues currently facing
centre-left governments: social inequality. At a time when the
traditional mechanisms of social cohesion have been undermined by
greater individualism, the globalization of production, and the
fragmentation of social life, the challenges posed by inequality
are more pronounced than ever before. As communities and cultures
become more complex, social solidarity and social justice can
increasingly seem like impossible ideals.
Bringing together original contributions from globally renowned
thinkers such as Gosta Esping-Andersen, Saskia Sassen, Ulrich Beck
and Anthony Giddens, as well as senior New Labour figures, the book
offers a coherent account of the dynamic and multi-faceted nature
of contemporary inequality, and lays out how these inequalities can
be countered. Drawing on a wide range of evidence, and the
experiences of governments worldwide, it proposes a fresh agenda
for social change. The Editors propose a 'new egalitarianism' - an
approach to equality consistent with the demands of a post-modern
economy and society.
The book shows that there is a viable future for a
left-of-centre politics anchored in egalitarian values, but that it
requires a break with some core assumptions of the past. The New
Egalitarianism will be essential reading for anyone concerned about
social inequality, and the future of democratic politics.
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