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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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Social justice and economic efficiency

Social justice and economic efficiency

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Equality and the British Left

Ben Jackson

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines the ideological impact of Keynes and other economists. It considers the ‘mild tempered evolutionary idealists’ and considers the arguments social democrats of the 1930s used to promote egalitarian objectives. An important theme was now given greater prominence and theoretical sophistication in the Left's egalitarian thought: the claim that equality could be reconciled with, and indeed enhance, economic efficiency. In essence, the egalitarian social democrats of this period tried to combine the traditional ethical idealism of writers such as Tawney with the economic theory of Marshall and Keynes.

Keywords:   social democrats, 1930s, egalitarian, economic efficiency, Keynes, economic theory, equality, ethical idealism

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