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Britain is a society increasingly divided between the super-affluent and the impoverished. A Sharing Economy proposes radical new ways to close the growing income gap and spread social opportunities. Drawing on overseas examples, Stewart Lansley argues that mobilising the huge financial potential of Britain’s public assets could pay for a pioneering new social wealth fund. Such a fund would boost economic and social investment, and, by building the social asset base, simultaneously strengthen the public finances. A powerful new policy tool, such funds would ensure that more of the gains from economic activity are shared by all and not colonised by a powerful few. This is a vital new contribution to the pressing debate on how to reduce inequality and combat austerity.
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About the Author
Stewart Lansley is a visiting fellow at The Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research, University of Bristol. He has written widely on poverty, wealth and inequality. He is the co-author of Breadline Britain: The Rise of Mass Poverty (with Joanna Mack) and the author of The Cost of Inequality. He has held a variety of academic and journalistic positions and was an executive producer in the current affairs department of the BBC from 1998-2008.
Table of Contents
About the author Acknowledgements Preface 1. ‘All-out assault’: inequality and corporate capitalism 2. Too big to fail: the dominance of private capital 3. Fair shares: social wealth funds and the sharing of national wealth 4. The international experience: what can we learn? 5. How to pay for the UK’s first social wealth fund 6. Power cut: the dilution of capital ownership and a citizen’s payment 7. An income for all: can a citizen’s income work? 8. From the drawing board to reality 9. Towards a sharing economy Notes Index