Inequality and exclusion harm society in a number of ways, ranging from fraying trust in institutions and increasing volatility in politics, to causing economic damage, physical insecurity, and higher rates of crime and suicide. This discussion brief lays out an array of tangible costs to show that inequality is damaging not only on normative, but also social and economic grounds. The areas of analysis include public health problems, impacts on safety and security, and the economic effects of GPD gaps caused by discrimination and unequal opportunity.
CIC director Sarah Cliffe explains how the Grand Challenge on Inequality and Exclusion is bringing together a group of countries and organizations that are developing bold and innovative policy solutions in areas like social protection, labor rights, and housing, and working to put them into practice.
Leah Zamore, director of CIC's Humanitarian Crises program, has co-authored a new book, The Arc of Protection: Reforming the International Refugee Regime, with T. Alexander Aleinikoff, director of The New School's Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility.
Tackling inequality is not only about getting the policies right, but about getting the politics right so we can put those policies into action. Often the biggest challenge is not that we do not know what to do, but rather that we face powerful lobbies, and powerful myths, that make it hard to pursue effective solutions. The road to tackling inequality is obstructed by two related obstacles: first, concerted pushback from members of the economic elite, and second, the pervasive myth that the economic elite know best what is best for the economy.