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4.0 out of 5 stars Clear and convincing introduction to evidence-based policy, 27 Aug. 2009
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This review is from: The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better (Hardcover)
...which should be required reading for every politician and policy-maker. Equality works - the evidence is overwhelming. Inequality doesn't work - it doesn't deliver a cohesive society or a sustainable economy or even economic performance as any sensible person would measure it.

At first the book is a bit tiring as it grinds through the evidence for this, but it does make the slightly more analytical section later on seem more grounded.

Fascinating to see that Cuba is literally the only country in the world to deliver high levels of human wellbeing at low levels of environmental impact; whatever we think of its shortcomings, and there are many, the place needs to be nurtured and treasured like a rare plant which contains a precious medicine -- not blockaded and bullied into adopting 'free market' solutions. Interesting to see too how well Japan does on so many indices - why do our politicians spend so much time learning from the US and so little from anywhere else?

Weak on actual remedies and policies that will help us to move in the right direction but still a brilliant read.
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Initial post: 24 Oct 2009 09:22:13 BDT
Splisbury says:
Although Cuba is mired in poverty...A visit there will show how applicable these theories are!

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Dec 2009 04:54:45 GMT
S Wood says:
Cuba has it's problems, but if Spilsbury wants to consider the experience of people, ordinary people that is, in roughly equivalent countrys such as Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador in terms of hunger and starvation, medical services, life expectancy, literacy, etc he might re-consider his post.
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