Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Affluent Society Revisited$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Mike Berry

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199686506

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686506.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 08 August 2020



(p.30) 4 Inequality
The Affluent Society Revisited

Mike Berry

Oxford University Press

This chapter interrogates Galbraith’s large claim that economic inequality is declining in social and political importance in societies undergoing the transformation to affluence. Developments over the past 30 years, however, have undercut each of the key forces he identified as resolving tensions over inequality and distributive justice. Indeed, inequality has increased as a fact and poses new social and political tensions threatening the cohesion and prosperity of developed societies like the US. The problems of poverty and discrimination are proving far more widespread and intractable than Galbraith originally thought and may be contributing to the scale and severity of economic crises in the advanced economies.

Keywords:   Inequality, social justice, redistribution, poverty, income distribution, top one percent, countervailing power, lobbying, social mobility, the great moderation

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .