In June 2013, Bridget Williams Books published Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis, which I edited, and which examines the explosion in the rich-poor divide during the last 30 years, its effects on our society, and how it might be reversed.
The book has generated widespread discussion and numerous reviews, articles and comments, many of which can be found at www.bwb.co.nz/books/inequality. Since its publication, the rise of interest in inequality has continued, and the issue is becoming one of the defining subjects of the 2014 election campaign.
In March this year, we published ‘The Inequality Debate: An Introduction‘, a short guide to inequality in New Zealand based on the opening chapters of the 2013 work.
I have also taken the book’s message out on the road and to dozens of interested groups. Organisations that I have worked with or given lectures to include:
- First Union
- The New Zealand Institute for Economic Research
- The Public Services Association
- Auckland Readers and Writers Festival
- The Aotearoa Non-Governmental Organisations Association (ANGOA)
- Closing the Gap
- The Wesleyan church, Wellington
- The Victoria University student leadership programme
My ongoing work for 2014 includes a three-month research contract for the Green Party, a planned online debate series with economist groups, and taking the book’s messages into secondary schools.
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