This study found that the majority of the British public are still concerned about income inequality. The majority also believe the government should act to reduce income inequality but only 36% say that government should redistribute income from the better off to the less well off. The research set out to explore why people generally do not support policies to directly reduce inequality. We found that self-interest played a part here but also people's underlying beliefs and values. We also found that people did not like the term redistribution when used explicitly but supported redistribution in practice. However, they were more supportive of policies around equal opportunities than equal outcomes. In line with the original proposal, and the relatively small size of the grant, the main output from the research was a book chapter in the BSA survey report:
Rowlingson, K, Orton, M and Taylor, E (2010) 'Do we still care about inequality?' in Park, A, Curtice, J, Clery, E and Bryson, D (eds), British Social Attitudes: the 27th report: exploring Labour's legacy, London: Sage.
We also produced a four-page summary which can be downloaded here: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/college-social-sciences/social-policy/CHASM/do-we-still-care-about-inequality.pdf
There are a number of conference and seminar papers which are also mentioned on the ESRC system, eg presentations at the Social Policy Association conference in Lincoln and at departmental seminars in Oxford and Edinburgh universities. The presentation in Birmingham at the British Sociological Association’s study group seminar is also mentioned below as an economic and social impact because the audience was a mix of academic and general public. Some of these were recorded and so can be viewed. Others are available as conference papers.
The data itself is also an output.