Inequality and Democratic Egalitarianism: 'Marx's Economy and Beyond' and Other Essays

Mark Harvey, Norman Geras

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This book arose out of a friendship between a political philosopher and an economic sociologist, and their recognition of an urgent political need to address the extreme inequalities of wealth and power in contemporary societies.

It provides a new analysis of what generates inequalities in rights to income, property and public goods in contemporary societies. By critiquing Marx's foundational theory of exploitation, it moves beyond Marx, both in its analysis of inequality, and in its concept of just distribution. It points to the major historical transformations that create educational and knowledge inequalities, inequalities in rights to public goods that combine with those to private wealth. It argues that asymmetries of economic power are inherently gendered and racialized, and that forms of coercion and slavery are deeply embedded in the histories of capitalism.

This book is relevant to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 10, Reduced inequalities.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages192
ISBN (Electronic)9781526114051
ISBN (Print)9781526114020
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018


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