Efficiency, Equality and the Ownership of Property (Routledge Revivals)
Routledge – 1964 – 92 pages
Series: Collected Works of James Meade
First published in 1964, this is a study of the extreme inequalities in the ownership of property, in economies across the globe. Professor Meade examines in depth the economic, demographic and social factors which lead to such inequalities. He considers a wide range of remedial policies – educational development, reformed death duties and capital taxes, demographic policies, trade union action, the socialization of property, the development of a property-owning democracy, the expansion of the welfare state.
The argument is expressed in precise analytical terms, but the main exposition is free of mathematics and technical jargon and is designed for the interested layman as well as the economist.
1. Economic Efficiency and Distributional Justice 2. The Present Position in the Developed Countries 3. The Trade Union State 4. The Welfare State 5. A Property-Owning Democracy 6. A Socialist State