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Egalitarianism and the Generation of Inequality

Henry Phelps Brown


The belief that the existing distributions of income and wealth in Western countries are unjust has come to be widely held, and has prompted the inclusion of egalitarian measures in many political programmes. This work uses the methods of reasoned history and comparative statistics to arrive at an assessment of egalitarianism. The book is intended for economists, economic historians, political historians, sociologists, and political philosophers. It is arranged in three parts. Part I, The rise of egalitarianism, provides a history of egalitarianism starting from early principles in ancient Gre ... More

Keywords: egalitarianism, equality, history, income distribution, inequality, sociology, wealth distribution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1988 Print ISBN-13: 9780198286486
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198286481.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henry Phelps Brown, author
University of London