The third of four workshops on Social Equality
Sponsored by the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust
Convened by Christian Schemmel (Manchester), Fabian Schuppert (QUB), Emily McTernan (UCL), and Martin O'Neill (York)
Speakers & provisional paper titles
Kate Pickett (York): "Economic democracy: A convenient truth?"
Ingrid Robeyns (Utrecht): "Economic justice, social egalitarianism and the capability approach"
Albert Weale (UCL): "What if social equality increases the inequality of wealth?"
Daniel Attas (Hebrew University, Jerusalem): "Expressive justice at work"
Steve Hood (Manchester): "Two accounts of market economies"
Martin O’Neill (York): "Social inequality, predistribution and the role of labour unions"
Christian Schemmel (Manchester): "Political, social, and market equality"
Growing inequality threatens social cohesion, increases social risks, and undermines people's self-respect. While it is clear that we live in deeply inegalitarian societies, there exists wide disagreement over how best to understand the ideal of equality, and over which norms and policies should be pursued in efforts to improve the status quo. One promising answer, distinct from more familiar 'distributive' views, is the idea of relational or social egalitarianism, which postulates that all citizens should relate to one another as equals. But what exactly does this idea entail, and how can it inform public policy and practical politics?
This third workshop will link the often separate debates on social equality and on the political economy of a just society. It will focus on the question of what kind of political economy is most conducive to social equality, and investigate the norms and principles that should govern an economy of socially equal citizens.
The workshop is free, but prior registration is required. Places are limited, and registration is on a first come, first served-basis.
To register, please e-mail Val.firstname.lastname@example.org, with your name, institution, and any dietary requirements.
For any other question, please contact Christian Schemmel (Christian.email@example.com)
The organisers gratefully acknowledge generous additional funding for this event provided by the Department of Politics of The University of Manchester.
Subsequent workshops in the series:
Date TBC, January 2016, University College London: Social Equality and Public Policy
Prior workshops in the series:
17-18 September 2014, University of York: The Ideal of Social Equality
14-15 January 2015, Queen’s University Belfast: The Value of Social Equality: Insights from Normative & Empirical Research