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Why austerity is bad for our mental health

The follow up to The Spirit Level rehearses the same argument but with a narrower focus

By Mark Brown   July 2018
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Protesters hold a sign reading "Equality is the best therapy" in 2016 © PA

A decade of austerity hangs heavily over Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett’s follow-up to their successful 2009 book The Spirit Level. (Even David Cameron was a fan.) The authors’ argument—that the gap between relative levels of income produces social problems we ignore at our peril—remains unacted on. This time round, in The Inner Level, the authors look at how such inequality affects…

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