Devt@man seminar TUE 17th March 2015 — 16:30 in HBS G32

You are warmly invited to the Development@manchester Seminar; on Tuesday 17th March 2015 at 16:30 in HBS G32.

Professor Frances Stewart (University of Oxford)

Title: Inequality, Justice and Policy

Chair: Armando Barrientos


Against a background of high and rising inequality in many places, the lecture will discuss considerations determining a ‘just’ distribution, exploring both vertical and horizontal inequalities. Drawing on both philosophers and economists, it will argue that some vertical inequality may be justifiable, but it is difficult to justify any significant horizontal inequality from the perspective of justice. It will also consider instrumental reasons for reducing inequality, or the impact on other valued objectives, including income, health, sustainability, crime and conflict.  It will discuss a policy paradox – that it is increasingly accepted that less inequality would be desirable, yet policy is moving in the opposite direction. It will conclude by discussing approaches to policy aimed at reducing inequality.
Frances Stewart is Emeritus Professor of Development Economics, University of Oxford. Her research has focused on appropriate technology; basic needs; adjustment and poverty; development during conflict; group behaviour; horizontal inequalities; and human development. She has been director of Oxford’s Department of International Development and Chair of the United Nation’s Committee on Development Policy. Books include Technology and Underdevelopment(Macmillan 1976); and Planning to Meet Basic Needs (1985); she was co-author of UNICEF’s influential study Adjustment with a Human Face (OUP 1987) and of War and Underdevelopment (OUP 2001); and editor of Horizontal Inequalities and Conflict: Understanding Group Violence in Multiethnic Societies (Palgrave, 2008).


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