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Book launch: Frank Stilwell, The Political Economy of Inequality

by Frank Stilwell on May 6, 2019

When: Wednesday 8 May 2018, 5.30-7.00pm

Where: Sydney Trades Hall Auditorium, 4-6 Goulburn St Sydney

Speakers: Frank Stilwell, Emeritus Professor of Political Economy, University of Sydney

Helen Szoke, Chief Executive Officer, Oxfam Australia

John Graham, MLC, Vice President, Evatt Foundation

Chair: Christopher Sheil, Senior Fellow in History, UNSW and President, Evatt Foundation

Hosted by Unions NSW and the Evatt Foundation.

Refreshments provided and books available for purchase and signing.

About the book: During the last few decades, the gap between the incomes, wealth and living standards of rich and poor people has increased in most countries. Economic inequality has become a defining issue of our age.

In this book, leading political economist Frank Stilwell provides a comprehensive overview of the nature, causes, and consequences of this growing divide. He shows how we can understand inequalities of wealth and incomes, globally and nationally, examines the scale of the problem and explains how it affects our wellbeing. He alsoshows that, although governments are often committed to ‘growth at all costs’ and‘trickle down’ economics, there are alternative public policies that could be used tonarrow the gap between rich and poor.

Stilwell’s engaging and clear guide to the issues will be indispensable reading for all students, general readers and scholars interested in inequality in political economy, economics, public policy and beyond.

Frank Stilwell
Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at the University of Sydney, co-ordinating editor of the Journal of Australian Political Economy (JAPE), and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.
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