Political debate about economic inequality: An information resource

Ruth Sheldon with Reg Platt and Naomi Jones

This study aims to increase understanding of how politicians think and talk about economic inequality, both in private and in public.

An exploration of politicians' attitudes to economic inequality.

This study aims to increase understanding of how politicians think and talk about economic inequality, both in private and in public. It compares politicians' attitudes across and between five major political parties: the Conservatives, Labour, the Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru, and the Scottish National Party. The research is particularly relevant given the recent turbulence with the financial system, the correspondingly high levels of attention upon the City and bonus culture, and the recession.

  • the extent and location of political debate about economic inequality;
  • the forms of economic inequality under focus;
  • identification of key themes and divergence within the debate;
  • how politicians present responses to economic inequality;
  • the future of political debate about economic inequality;
  • gaps within the debate.
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