Global Economic Inequalities and Development

Journal of Australian Political Economy
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Journal of Australian Political Economy, 2017, 78 pp. 5 - 23
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The ‘Wretched of the Earth’ are neglected in our ‘compartmentalised world’. The volume of publications on inequality has increased five-fold since 1992, but many of these focus on the top one per cent of households located in the Global North (International Social Science Council 2016). The more recent publication by the leading journal, Social Forces, on ‘Liberalization, Economic Growth, and Income Inequality in Advanced Industrial Societies’ (Kwon 2016, my emphasis) continues this trend. So, in this special issue of the Journal of Australian Political Economy (JAPE), I asked the contributors to focus on ‘the wretched of the earth’, how their social conditions are shaped by the appalling economic inequalities, the dire implications for society, economy and environment, why this compartmentalisation continues to deepen, and what can be done about it.
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