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Inequality and the welfare state in Europe

Professor Gøsta Esping-Andersen will give a public lecture on Inequality and the Welfare State in Europe, on Thursday 2 December at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Professor Esping-Andersen will discuss the connection between rising inequalities in wage and income distribution and the quest for more equal opportunities of life chances.

A basic observation is that welfare states have been relatively effective in diminishing income differences, but by and large ineffective in combating social inheritance. If the primary goal is to equalize opportunities, the redistributive policies of advanced welfare states must be radically oriented - in particular in favour of early childhood learning and welfare.

Professor Gøsta Esping-Andersen is dean of Social and Political Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.

Professor David Held, LSE, will chair this event.

Inequality and the Welfare State in Europe is on Thursday 2 December at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.


To request a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 


This event is part of a series of Ralph Miliband Lectures on Inequalities: dimensions and challenges. More information on the Ralph Miliband Lectures can be found at The Ralph Miliband Programme|

29 November 2004