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Cities, Economic Inequality and Justice

Other type | 11-08-2017

Increasing economic inequality in cities, and the spatial translation of that into more segregated neighbourhoods, is top of the political agenda in developed countries. While the overall living standards have increased in the last century, the focus has now shifted from poverty to economic differences, with a particular focus on the gap between the very poor and the (ultra-)rich.

The authors observe a common view among policy-makers and researchers alike: that urban-economic inequality and segregation are increasing; that this increase is bad; and that money and people (in the case of segregation) need to be redistributed in response.

In 6 compact chapters, this book enriches and broadens the debate. Chapters bring together the literature on the social effects of economic inequality and segregation and question whether there are sizable effects and what their direction (positive or negative) is. The often conflated concept of economic inequality (and segregation) and social injustice is disentangled and the moral implications are reflected on. 

Author(s)Edwin Buitelaar (PBL), Anet Weterings (PBL). Roderik Ponds
Publication date11-08-2017
Reference2018 – Routledge 116 pages | 14 B/W Illus.