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Inequality, Marketization and the Majority Class

Why Did the European Middle Classes Accept Neo-Liberalism?

Authors: Mau, S.

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Why were the European middle classes ready to acquiesce in neo-liberalism? This book argues that upward mobility, the growth of individual and family assets, the growing significance of private provision, and processes of individualization contributed to a major transformation of the middle classes, making them more prone to embrace inequality and market principles. It shows how the self-interest of large sections of the middle classes undermined social democracy and paved the way for neo-liberal reforms, making their socio-economic positioning ever more precarious and reducing their political power. Central to the debate is the question of how the middle classes can rebalance the relationship between the Market and state intervention, so as to establish a new social equilibrium.

About the authors

Steffen Mau is Professor of Macrosociology at Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany. Previously he worked as Professor of Political Sociology at the University of Bremen, Germany. His main publications include: The Moral Economy of Welfare States (2003), Social Transnationalism (2010) and European Societies. Mapping Structure and Change (with Roland Verwiebe 2010).

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Middle Classes and the European Social Model

    Mau, Steffen

    Pages 1-12

  • Individualization and Tolerance for Inequality

    Mau, Steffen

    Pages 13-24

  • Middle-Class Investors in Affluent Societies

    Mau, Steffen

    Pages 25-43

  • Privatized Old-Age Provision, Privatized Future

    Mau, Steffen

    Pages 44-52

  • Home Ownership and Home Voting

    Mau, Steffen

    Pages 53-64

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eBook $49.99
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Hardcover $67.50
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Softcover $67.50
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-50626-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Inequality, Marketization and the Majority Class
Book Subtitle
Why Did the European Middle Classes Accept Neo-Liberalism?
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Master Series
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-51161-4
DOI
10.1057/9781137511614
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-51160-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-50626-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 123
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