How we think about income gaps, and how we decide to address them, will do much to alter New Zealand’s levels of inequality in the years to come.
The divide between New Zealand’s poorest and wealthiest inhabitants has widened alarmingly over recent years, faster than in most other developed countries. Max Rashbrooke’s succinct introduction to these changes in our society, drawn from the larger work Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis and updated with the latest evidence in July 2014, is essential reading.
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Table of contents
1. Why Inequality Matters
2. Inequality and New Zealand
Salient's Best NZ Books of 2014 (so far): 'Max Rashbrooke’s slender yet well-researched book lays bare the global problem of income inequality, confirming that New Zealand is one of the OECD’s worst offenders. It makes for grim reading. The Inequality Debate is fascinating and horrifying. Published as part of Bridget Williams Books’ BWB Texts series, it’s so short that you’ve got no excuse.' Nina Powles, Ben Speak and David Williams, Salient
'We hear so much about the gap between rich and poor, but it doesn't always hit home just how much this divide affects us all, no matter where we sit on the wealth scale. Journalist and author Rashbrooke has written an introduction that explains it all in a way that doesn't feel like a lecture.' Jillian Allison-Aitken, Southland Times
'The Inequality Debate is both fascinating and horrifying. So short that you’ve got no excuse, this is the best book you can read if you want to be informed on an issue that will dominate the rhetoric of all major political parties this election year.' David Williams, Salient