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WHY WE CAN'T AFFORD THE RICH

Winner of the 2015 British Academy Peter Townsend Prize

Genre:

Economy & Politics

Author:

Andrew Sayer

Publisher:

Bristol U.P. - Policy Press

Language:

English

Rights available:

All except China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan

Sold: German, Swedish

AUTHOR BIO:

Andrew Sayer is Professor of Social Theory and Political Economy at Lancaster University, UK. He has a long- standing interest in moral economy and has written several books on political economy, inequality, class, and philosophy and ethics, including Radical Political Economy: A Critique (Blackwell, 1995); The Moral Significance of Class (2005) and Why Things Matter to People: Social Science, Values and Ethical Life (2011) (both Cambridge University P

Pages:

448

Publication:

DESCRIPTION:

As inequalities widen and the effects of austerity deepen, in many countries the wealth of the rich has soared. Why we can’t afford the rich exposes the unjust and dysfunctional mechanisms that allow the top 1% to siphon off wealth produced by others, through the control of property and money. Leading social scientist Andrew Sayer shows how the rich worldwide have increased their ability to create indebtedness and expand their political influence.

REVIEWS:

"This is a quietly angry book, full of facts and figures that show the rich to be a major cause of the inequality that Wilkinson and Pickett revealed in their book The Spirit Level and of the injustice that Danny Dorling described in his book Injustice."                    _Citizen's Income Trust "The value of Sayer's account lies in his readable and persuasive attack on the idea that the very richest have accumulated their wealth fairly and deserve to be allowed to accumulate more."                                     ...

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