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Equality and the British LeftA Study in Progressive Political Thought, 1900-64$
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Ben Jackson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780719073069

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719073069.001.0001

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Equality and the British Left

Ben Jackson

Manchester University Press

This chapter looks more systematically at debates about the distribution of income and wealth. It is divided into three sections, each addressing a concept that was fundamental to progressive thinking about this issue: equality, need, and incentive. It shows that the majority of progressives favoured the principles of need and, reluctantly, incentive, leading them to endorse a distributive pattern that was loosely, although not precisely, egalitarian. The final section of the chapter outlines the policies that followed from these theoretical commitments.

Keywords:   income distribution, wealth distribution, equality, progressive thinking, incentive, need

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