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Can “inclusive growth” revive progressive politics?

We’ve been trying to tackle inequality and deprivation for decades without sustained success. It's time for a new approach

By Charlotte Alldritt  

It's the inequality, stupid: © Copyright Evelyn Simak and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

For about a decade we thought we had cracked it. The end of boom and bust. Balanced, sustainable growth and the inevitable march of progress would follow.

All that came to an abrupt halt when the banks crashed in 2008. Now the political debate on both sides of the Atlantic has crystallised around the question of whether “progress” is possible after all.

The revival of identity politics has levered open deep divisions…

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