The Strategy of Equality: Redistribution and the Social Services

The Strategy of Equality: Redistribution and the Social Services

by Julian LeGrand


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Originally published in 1982 The Strategy of Equality examines public expenditure on the social services as a strategy for promoting social equality. Today there is a widespread belief that the strategy has worked and that public spending on the social services primarily benefits those less well off. However, there have been few attempts to examine whether this belief is founded in reality. This book attempts to rectify this. Examining four areas of social policy: health care, education, housing, and transport, the book looks at the distribution of public expenditure and the ‘outcome’ of that expenditure, as well as the implications for various conceptions of equality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780043360750
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 02/01/1982
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.66(h) x (d)

About the Author

Sir Julian Ernest Michael Le Grand, FBA is an academic specialising in public policy. He is the Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and was a senior policy advisor to former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Table of Contents


Part I: The Dream

1. Introduction

2. The Dreamers

Part II: The Reality

3. Health Care

4. Education

5. Housing

6. Transport

Part III: The Strategy

7. Equality and the Social Services

8. The Alternative


Appendix A: Studies of the Distribution of Public Expenditure

Appendix B: Additional Tables

Appendix C: Income and Occupational Classifications

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