The Richer, the Poorer: How Britain Enriched the Few and Failed the Poor. a 200-Year History (Paperback)
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For 200 years, Britain's most powerful elites have been allowed to enrich themselves at the expense of surging inequality and mass poverty. This landmark book charts the roller coaster history of both rich and poor, and the mechanisms that link wealth and impoverishment. Stewart Lansley traces the way financiers and executives have ruthlessly exploited their power to extract existing wealth at the cost of livelihoods and social resilience. He examines the bitter ideological rifts that have driven society back to the extreme divisions of the past. Why, he asks, are rich and poor citizens judged by very different standards, and why is the long 'cycle of privilege' as embedded today as a century earlier?
About the Author
Stewart Lansley is a visiting fellow in the School of Policy Studies, the University of Bristol. He has written widely on poverty, wealth and inequality, most recently A Basic Income For All with Howard Reed (Compass 2019), and A Sharing Economy: How Social Wealth Funds Can Reduce Inequality and Help Balance the Books, (Policy Press, 2016). He is a Council member of the Progressive Economy Forum and an Associate of the Compass think-tank.