Wage Policy, Income Distribution, and Democratic Theory

Routledge, 23.11.2010 - 256 Seiten

Wage policy can be broadly defined as a set of institutions designed to bolster the wages of workers, especially for those workers who lack negotiating power. This book concentrates on the relationship between wage policy and the distribution of income and the maintenance of a sustainable democracy. Whereas economists have looked at this issue in relation to labour markets, this book aims to reset the balance by focusing on issues such as equality and democratic theory.

This book makes an important contribution to the literature of public policy, political philosophy and political economy. Levin-Waldman argues that wage policy is an important component in the maintenance of democratic society and that a reduction in income inequality can have a positive effect both on personal autonomy and empowerment.


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List of tables xvi
Democratic theory 20
Evolution of wage policy 48
PostNew Deal era and the demise of wage policy 81
New living wage movement 108
Wage policy for the middle class 140
Wage policy and the path towards democracy 169
Bibliography 192
Index 208

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