Stream (In)equality

Which institutional arrangements affect inequalities and forms of exclusion?

This stream focuses on the way inequality is affected by different institutions: capital & property relations, divisions of wealth, families, division of care, educational & training traditions, cultural institutions, welfare state arrangements, tax regimes, borders and other international legal structures. 

Institutions can also affect citizens’ attitudes towards the permissibility of inequalities, for example the rise of meritocratic ideology.

Diverse people standing next to each other

Dimensions of inequality

Open societies flourish on equality, to achieve it we must understand its underpinnings. This stream aims to cover all dimensions of inequalities – hence research focusses on micro, meso and macro levels; on material, social, political, legal as well as symbolic/expressivist aspects of inequalities; on local, national, regional and global level; and in the past, the present, and looking into the future.

Previous Stream meetings

The stream Inequality organises (lunch) meetings on a regular basis. The meetings are open to anyone who is interested in the academic debate on societal inequalities. You can read reviews of the two most recent meetings by clicking on the buttons below. 

Meeting on diversity in UU work culture (pdf)
Meeting on ‘Inclusive institutions’ (pdf)