Four page summary of the research: Do we still care about inequality? (PDF)
The research was published in:
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.
You can see the powerpoint presentation when the research was presented at the Social Policy Association conference in Lincoln in July 2011. You can also view the full presentation from the Social Policy Association conference in Lincoln by Karen Rowlingson.
The research was also presented at a number of events such as the Discourses of Dissent event organised by the British Sociological Association’s Theory study group in Birmingham in February 2011. The presentation was entitled: Why doesn’t the British public seem to care about inequality or the cuts in public spending?
Some of the findings were also presented at a TUC conference fringe event on What is fair pay and how to achieve it organised by Unions 21 in October 2010.
Some of the findings were also presented at a seminar on October 10th 2009, at Chequers on new thinking around the equality agenda. There were around 50 people in the audience - cabinet members, academics and 'opinion formers' including Gordon Brown, Ed Milliband and various other ministers (John Denham, Andrew Adonis, Harriet Harman and so on). The title of the presentation was 'What's fair? The public's view'.
The research also gained a great deal of media attention with many newspapers claiming that it, alongside the other findings from the 2009 British Social Attitudes Survey, signalled a return to Thatcherism in terms of people’s values. For example, the Guardian headline on 13 December 2010 was 'Britain 'more Thatcherite now than in the 80s' says survey'.
And The Telegraph’s headline was: Thatcher's Britain returns 20 years after she fell
The Daily Mail opined: After 13 years of Labour, public mood shifts right as most voters back Thatcherite values
We did not think that these headlines really reflected our findings. Attitudes to inequality and redistribution had actually become more progressive between 2004-2009 (see figure 1) though it is true that the long-term trend (ie since the mid 1980s) had not been progressive.