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Book launch: The New Egalitarianism LSE hosts panel debate on social inequality

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A panel of experts, Patrick Diamond, David Goodhart, Edward Miliband and Professor Anne Power, explore social inequality in a debate organised by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Policy Network and Polity Press on Wednesday 29 June.

This event marks the upcoming launch of The New Egalitarianism (Polity Press, June 2005) edited by Anthony Giddens and Patrick Diamond. The book tackles one of the most pressing issues currently facing centre-left governments: social inequality. This publication was the result of a series of meetings of a working group on Community and Inequality, organised by Policy Network over the course of 2004.

At a time when the traditional mechanisms of social cohesion have been undermined by greater individualism, the globalisation of production, and the fragmentation of social life, the challenges posed by inequality are more pronounced than ever before. As communities and cultures become more complex, social solidarity and social justice can increasingly seem like impossible ideals.

Speaking are:

  • Patrick Diamond, a special adviser in the British Prime Minister's Policy Unit
  • David Goodhart, the founder and editor of the London-based current affairs monthly, Prospect magazine
  • Edward Miliband, MP for Doncaster North and was chair of HM Treasury's Council of Economic Advisers since February 2004, advising the chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, on long-term policy development. Prior to this, as a special adviser to the chancellor of the Exchequer after May 1997, he worked across a range of economic and social policy areas, including taxation, public spending, and labour market issues.
  • Anne Power is professor of social policy at LSE and deputy director of LSE's Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE). She is currently leading an LSE team on a new study to help produce a housing strategy for the London Thames Gateway, commissioned by the Thames Gateway London Partnership.

Professor Lord Giddens chairs this debate.

The New Egalitarianism is on Wednesday 29 June at 6pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all but a ticket is required.

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

To request an interview with the speakers, please contact Branimira Radoslavova, Policy Network, tel: 020 7340 2208, email bradoslavova@policy-network.net| 

Notes:

The New Egalitarianism by Anthony Giddens and Patrick Diamond is published by Polity Press in June 2005. Further details can be found at:
http://www.polity.co.uk/book.asp?ref=0745634303| 

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20 June 2005

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