Inequality, Social Protection and Social Justice
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Inequality, Social Protection and Social Justice

James Midgley

This thought-provoking book examines the role of social protection in reducing inequality and enhancing social justice. It assesses social protection’s impact on inequality in different parts of the world and shows that if carefully designed, adequately funded and effectively implemented, it can make a significant contribution to reducing income, gender and other forms of inequality. In this way, it can promote egalitarian ideals and enhance social justice.
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Chapter 6: Social protection goals and impact

James Midgley


Chapter 6 discusses the goals of social protection and draws extensively on empirical research to determine the extent to which these goals have been met. Social protection’s impact on incomes and living standards is examined and numerous studies are cited to show that it has been successful in meeting income needs and raising living standards. Social protection’s economic impact is considered and contrary to the widely accepted claim that it harms economic growth, the chapter shows that it has contributed positively to development. Next, the chapter examines social protection’s political impact and, finally, attention is paid to its wider social effects. Although a good deal of evidence is produced to show that social protection overall impact has been positive, claims about its limitations are also discussed.

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