This project, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, provided a comprehensive and critical review of the literature on public attitudes to inequality and wealth in the UK. Economic inequality is now a marked feature of the socio-economic structure of the UK and is the subject of increasing attention. Our current understanding of public attitudes towards inequality, however, draws on a relatively narrow range of sources and the evidence from these contains ambiguities. These ambiguities and apparent gaps in our knowledge merited further examination which the literature review provided.
Orton, M. and Rowlingson, K. (2007) Public attitudes to economic inequality. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Related IER research and publications
Income Inequality: making sense of British social attitudes
Orton, M. and Rowlingson, K. (2007) ‘A problem of riches: towards a new social policy research agenda on the distribution of economic resources’ Journal of Social Policy 36 (1) 59-78.
Orton, M. (2006) ‘Wealth, citizenship and responsibility: the views of better off citizens in the UK’ Citizenship Studies 10 (2) 251-265.
Orton, M. (2008) ‘State approaches to wealth’ in T. Ridge and S. Wright (eds.) Understanding inequality, poverty and wealth Bristol: The Policy Press, pp 259-282.
Karen Rowlingson (University of Birmingham)