The Anatomy of Inequality is not primarily a normative text but attempts to trace the social mechanisms that give rise to inequality. The idea behind this approach is that it is necessary to understand the dynamics of social interaction before embarking on a policy discussion, if inequality is perceived as a problem. The analysis focuses on some simple games known to everyone – the game of marbles, negotiation games – which are used to show that an egalitarian equilibrium where everybody is equally wealthy is unstable and, when left to itself, will eventually degrade into a state of pronounced inequality. This holds even if all individuals are identical with respect to capabilities and effort.
Using analogies with technical systems, it is then shown that a welldesigned policy of redistribution can prevent this from happening. Three chapters are devoted to the liberal, conservative and social-democratic traditions, respectively, in the light of the previous analysis. The book ends on a positive note, arguing for the possibility of egalitarian policies in a world where many countries are currently moving in a different direction.
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Per Molander, born in 1950, has a background in applied physics and holds a Ph.D. in control theory from Lund Institute of Technology. He has worked for 35 years with public sector policy analysis, including more than 15 years of overseas consultancy (OECD countries, the FSU area, the Baltic states, the Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa). He has held leading positions in policy reform projects (budget institutions, agricultural policy, social policy, civil defence and crisis management). He is currently Director General of the Swedish Social Insurance Inspectorate, an agency which he has built from scratch starting in 2009. He has also led international research projects on fiscal federalism, welfare
policy, and public administration.
Per Molander’s list of publications comprises around 100 scientific papers, reports and books, including books on political and moral philosophy.
“Per Molander is soft spoken and challenging. He doesn’t give us any smart simplifications, just the well founded feeling that the work is worthwhile in itself. The struggle for equality is the struggle of Sisyphus. But Molander agrees with Camus: we have to imagine Sisyphus happy.”
– Swedish Radio
“It’s as if I have been shaking this year’s most discussed book, Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21th Century, and out fell the nucleus: Per Molanders little book!”