Undeserving Rich American Beliefs about Inequality, Opportunity, and Redistribution

ISBN-10: 1107699827

ISBN-13: 9781107699823

Edition: 2013

Authors: Leslie McCall

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It is widely assumed that Americans care little about income inequality, believe opportunities abound, admire the rich, and dislike redistributive policies. Leslie McCall contends that such assumptions are based on both misleading survey data and past economic conditions. In fact, Americans have desired less inequality for decades, and McCall's book explains why. Americans become most concerned about inequality in times of inequitable growth, when they view the rich as prospering while opportunities for good jobs, fair pay, and high quality education are restricted for everyone else. As a result, they favor policies to expand opportunity and redistribute earnings in the workplace, reducing inequality in the market rather than redistributing income after the fact with tax and spending policies. This book resolves the paradox of how Americans can express little enthusiasm for welfare state policies and still yearn for a more equitable society.
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Book details

List price: $21.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/29/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946

Leslie McCall is Professor of Sociology and Political Science, as well as Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research, at Northwestern University. She is the author of Complex Inequality: Gender, Class, and Race in the New Economy (2001). Her work on economic inequality has been published in the American Sociological Review, Demography, Signs, the Annual Review of Sociology, Perspectives on Politics, Economic Geography and the Socio-Economic Review, as well as in several edited volumes.

Introduction: thinking about income inequality
Beyond the opposition between opportunity and inequality: theories of beliefs about inequality from the nineteenth century to the present
The emergence of a new social issue: media coverage of income inequality and social class in the United States, 1980-2010
American beliefs about income inequality: what, when, who, and why
Why do Americans care about income inequality? the role of oppurtunity
Social policy preferences in the era of the rising inequality
Conclusion: a new era of beliefs about inequality
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