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Inequality and the Welfare State in Europe

Ralph Miliband Lectures on Inequalities: dimensions and challenges

Date: Thursday 2 December 2004
Time: 6.30pm
: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Gøsta Esping-Andersen
Chair: Professor David Held

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.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.  Entry is on a first come, first serve basis. 

For further information email events@lse.ac.uk or phone 020 7955 6043.